The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear arguments on HB 126, the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act”, at this time — but may do so after a federal appeals court rules on the law. A federal judge previously blocked the pro-life law — which bans abortions at eight, 14, 18, and 20 weeks and prohibits abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis — from going into effect in 2019. The ruling was appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and a three-judge panel upheld the injunction. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt then appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, in the meantime, the Eighth Circuit granted an en banc (meaning, before the full court) rehearing on its decision and heard oral arguments last month. While the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the case at this time, it may after the full Eighth Circuit panel makes its ruling.
October 8, 2021 - 12:25pm