U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Throws Missouri Laws Into Question

Jun 27, 2016

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is calling into question whether some Missouri abortion regulations will stand.

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  Supreme Court judges ruled 5-3 Monday that some Texas regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit women's abortion rights.

Missouri has similar laws requiring abortion doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.

Spokeswoman Nanci Gonder said Missouri's attorney general is reviewing the ruling.

President and CEO Laura McQuade said Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri also will review whether it will need to take legal action to try to invalidate state laws.

But Missouri Right to Life Executive Director Patricia Skain said the ruling will overturn Missouri's laws and that the anti-abortion group is disappointed. She said those regulations are meant to protect women.