Appeals court lifts stay of decision that favored Planned Parenthood

  • Appeals court lifts stay of decision that favored Planned Parenthood

Appeals court lifts stay of decision that favored Planned Parenthood

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Friday blocked [opinion, PDF] a Florida law that would require individuals and groups that offer abortion advice to provide an in-depth explanation of the procedure, lay out potential alternatives, notify parents before making a referral or aiding a minor, and register with the state.

A federal appeals court is reversing an action that could have slowed the expansion of abortion services in Missouri.

Missouri enacted a stay hoping to block it, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now ruled Planned Parenthood can continue in it's licensing process.

"As the district court further recognized, (Planned Parenthood) understandably had trouble locating a contracted physician because 'physicians who provide abortions or associate with physicians who provide abortions risk being ostracized from their communities and face harassment and violence toward themselves, their family, and their private practices, '" Planned Parenthood said.

"If this law indeed goes into effect, it will leave Iowa with one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country", Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement. One restriction required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Missouri Right to Life says it's disappointed in the decision.

"My office will continue to fight for common sense regulations that protect the health and well-being of Missouri women", Hawley said in a statement. Terry Branstad (R) signed into law on May 5, requires pregnant patients to certify 72 hours in advance of obtaining an abortion that they have undergone an ultrasound, that they have been given an opportunity to view and hear a description of the ultrasound image, and that they have received certain state-mandated materials.

At issue is Doe's attempt to use a religious waiver to exempt herself from a portion of Missouri's abortion laws.

In the petition, Planned Parenthood challenged the constitutionality of Senate File 471, which imposes a 72-hour mandatory delay and additional trip requirement on women seeking to have an abortion. Her claim was rejected at the circuit court level, but the appeals court said it is an issue that needs to be examined.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Couty ruled similar laws in Texas were unconstitutional. If the court had not seen fit to abandon the federal undue burden test when considering Iowa's telemedicine ban, there was no reason to abandon it when evaluating Iowa's mandatory delay law, according to Judge Farrell.

He said Doe is an adherent to the Satanic Temple, a political activist group that promotes science and social justice.