Digging deeper into Judge Sachs’ decision on Missouri’s HB 126 shows additional good news

By Dave Andrusko

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson

On Wednesday NRL News Today discussed a surprise editorial in the very pro-abortion Kansas City Star which ever so gently wondered aloud whether it was okay to abort a child for eugenic reasons.

The newspaper was prodded to attention by Judge Howard Sachs’ August 28 decision which, while invalidating a ban on abortions performed at or after eight weeks of pregnancy, did not ban enforcement of Missouri’s ban on abortions for the reasons of race, sex, or that the unborn child may have Down syndrome.

Two things need to be added.

First, pro-abortion sites, such as Rewire News appear to have caught on late. “This week, a federal court blocked Missouri’s multi-week gestational ban,” wrote Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy. “But did you know that another restriction banning abortions based on the race, sex, or Down syndrome diagnosis of a fetus was allowed to take effect?”

These are the kinds of “feminists” who can live with a legal regime that allows babies to be killed because they are the “wrong” sex, or would end the life of a preborn baby because he or she won’t be “perfect.”

Second, as Missouri Right to Life thoughtfully commented, beyond upholding the state’s ban on eugenic abortions, there was a lot of HB 126 that Judge Sachs did not sack.

• An increase in tax credit to 70% of the donation [to pregnancy resource centers] and removes the state limit on tax-credits.

• A required increase in the malpractice insurance for those performing or inducing abortion, bringing it in line with medical standards.

• A requirement that abortion or family planning facilities, referring a woman to an out-of-state abortion facility, give that woman Missouri’s printed informed consent information.

• The ban on abortion when Roe v. Wade is overturned.

These provisions were never challenged by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood and therefore never came before Judge Sachs for a ruling.

“Missouri Right to Life stands with the overwhelmingly pro-life legislature and our statewide, pro-life officials,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life. “Approximately 115 of 163 house members and 24 of 34 Senators are pro-life. 5 of 6 statewide offices are held by pro-life officials. The people of Missouri, through the election process have made their opinions on the sanctity of life very clear. The liberal courts stand in direct opposition to the will of the people of Missouri.”

Rupp concluded, “Governor Parson has made it clear that Missourians believe in the humanity of unborn children and that ‘Missouri Stands For the Unborn.’ We call upon our Attorney General to appeal this egregious decision.”