St. Louis, Mo., Aug 27, 2019 / 11:56 am
A federal judge has blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy from taking effect while a challenge to the law is being heard in court.
U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a temporary injunction against the "Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act" on Tuesday.
The act, which was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson in May, bars abortions after eight weeks, except when the life of a mother is determined to be in danger.
Under the law, doctors who perform abortions face 5-15 years in prison, although women are not penalized for seeking abortions.