On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed a lower court’s injunction that had prevented Missouri officials from regulating abortion facilities as ambulatory surgical centers and requiring abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges, two commonsense regulations that would protect women in the state.
Planned Parenthood argued that the health requirements caused an undue burden on women seeking abortions, relying on the U.S. Supreme Court case Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
However, the appeals court noted that the Court in Hellerstedt did not rule that all such restrictions were unconstitutional in every instance, but that the state’s asserted benefits of the restrictions must be weighed against the burdens. The 8th Circuit, therefore, ordered the request for an injunction be sent back to the U.S. District Court to apply that analysis to the Missouri law.
The state’s ability to enforce the regulations would affect operations at the abortion facility in Columbia, Mo., and prevent the launch of facilities in Kansas City, Joplin, and Springfield. This is good news for pro-lifers in the state.
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