A federal judge temporarily blocked Missouri’s ban on abortion on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy that was to take effect Aug. 28.
U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs delayed implementation of the law in a ruling Aug. 27 while a legal challenge to it continues.
The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and Planned Parenthood. The organizations argued that the law is unconstitutional and violates the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Gov. Mike Parson’s signing of the bill May 24 was welcomed by Catholic and pro-life leaders.