ACLU Announces it will not Seek a Referendum Vote on HB 126

This week the ACLU announced that it would not collect signatures to place HB 126, the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, on the ballot for a referendum vote. With only two weeks until the law's effective date, the ACLU determined that it did not have enough time to collect the roughly 100,000 signatures necessary to put HB 126 on the ballot. 
 
This means that HB 126 will go into effect on August 28, pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed in federal court by Planned Parenthood which seeks to stop certain provision from going into effect. Specifically, Planned Parenthood has challenged the regulation of abortions at eight, 14, 18, and 20 weeks, along with the ban on abortions based solely on race or sex of the unborn child or on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis. 
 
Although the federal court could grant the stay at a hearing on August 26, it is important to note that such a decision would only apply to the portions of HB 126 challenged by Planned Parenthood. This means that other provisions of HB 126 would still go into effect on August 28, including increased pregnancy resource center tax credits, additional informed consent requirements, an increase in medical malpractice insurance required for abortion doctors, and a trigger law banning all abortions in Missouri (except in cases of a medical emergency) at such time that Roe v. Wade is overturned or Missouri is otherwise granted the ability to fully regulate abortion.

August 19, 2019 - 12:29pm
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