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Down syndrome issue at center of Missouri abortion law case

Abortion Law Missouri
Posted at 12:20 PM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-21 13:20:35-04

ST. LOUIS — The full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis is deciding the fate of a Missouri law that puts sweeping restrictions on abortions, and a focal point of oral arguments on Tuesday was a provision prohibiting abortions based solely on a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The law adopted in 2019 would ban abortions at the eighth week of pregnancy.

The federal appeals court isn’t expected to rule for several weeks.

In June, a three-judge 8th Circuit panel upheld an injunction prohibiting Missouri from enforcing the law’s provisions, but the full court decided to hear the case.