Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the state’s eight-week abortion ban.
The Republican-controlled state Legislature passed the bill in 2019 that would criminalize doctors for providing abortions to mothers who are eight weeks pregnant or further along. The legislation does not have exceptions for rape or incest victims.
It would ban doctors from performing abortions if the baby would have Down syndrome and for sex or race-selective abortions. Schmitt, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, says, “a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome should not be a death sentence.”
The bill has been stuck in court and has not yet become law.