Prominent U.S. abortion rights teams Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal suit late on Tuesday in an effort to stop a new Missouri legislation that bans almost all terminations of pregnancies after eight weeks.
The new law was passed by Republican Governor Mike Parson in May and is about to go into effect on Aug. 28.
The 31-page grievance filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri argues that the law is unconstitutional. It asks for an order to stop the legislation from being enacted next month until the grievance is resolved.
The legislation is likely one of the most restrictive in the country, and activists fight it effectively forbids most abortions since many women have no idea they are pregnant yet at eight weeks.
In a perennially divisive moral and political combat, similar legal guidelines have been proposed in more than a dozen different U.S. states as Republican-rules lawmakers flex their muscles.
Efforts to roll back Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in 1973, have been encouraged by two appointments by President Donald Trump giving moderates a substantial majority on the court.
Neither representatives for the Missouri governor’s workplace, nor lawyers for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, were immediately out there for comment early Wednesday.
Parson said in May the new legislation would make Missouri “one of the strongest pro-life states in the nation.”
The law permits for an abortion after the eighth week only in the case of medical emergencies and provides no exceptions for incest of rape victims.