Health Safeguards for Women Upheld by District Court
Jefferson City — On Monday, June 11, the United States District Court for Western Missouri denied a preliminary injunction on Senate Bill 5, which was signed into law last year.
By passing this legislation, the General Assembly amended Missouri law to prohibit doctors from prescribing or administering abortion medications without first obtaining approval of a “complication plan” from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This legislation is intended to ensure the safety of women by preventing abortion-related complications.
Senator Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, who sponsored this legislation in 2017, is pleased with the court’s decision to deny the preliminary injunction. “I was happy to hear that the court denied the injunction,” stated Sen. Koenig. “Senate Bill 5 protects and provides for the health and safety of women in Missouri, and I look forward to these safeguards being implemented as quickly as possible.”
The court’s opinion stated the regulations under SB 5 do not constitute an undue burden on women and do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The ruling against the injunction by the District Court allows the provisions of SB 5 to be implemented.