The state abortion law, which comes into force on August 28, makes it illegal for women to abort after an eight-week pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union sue the state of Missouri for strict legislation that prohibits abortion for eight weeks in pregnancy, often before anyone knows they are pregnant.
The Missouri branches of the organizations filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the US court in Jefferson City, more than two months after government leader Mike Parson (R) signed the bill. The legislation, HB126, makes an exception for medical emergencies, but not for incest or rape cases.
Doctors who are caught performing an abortion after the conclusion of eight weeks can be confronted with a crime and up to 15 years in prison. The law is scheduled for entry into force on August 28.
The lawsuit asks the court to reverse the law and claims that it is unconstitutional. The suit also calls for a temporary restraining order to block the law in force, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
BREAKING: We just sued to challenge HB126, the set of extreme laws that criminalize abortion and ban access at nearly every stage of pregnancy.— ACLU of Missouri (@aclu_mo) 30 Temmuz 2019
For years, anti-abortion politicians have been pushing care further out of reach for Missourians. Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/YyeKwkBwlI
“These laws would prohibit the vast majority of abortions in the state. They are unconstitutional, they are wrong and we are fighting back, “the ACLU said in a statement.
“These extreme measures would have a devastating effect on Missourians seeking abortion care, and in particular on low-income patients and color people,” the group continued, adding, “we will not stop until these laws agree once and for all always be blocked. “
Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have filed similar lawsuits in other states in response to a wave of strict anti-abortion laws adopted throughout the country this year.
The groups prosecuted Georgia last month to block a law that will come into force in 2020 and prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy or as soon as a doctor can detect a “fetal heartbeat”.
They also have lawsuits in Arkansas and Alabama and have asked to participate in an existing lawsuit in Kentucky.