September 10, 2018

Federal Court removes barrier preventing enforcement of laws and regulations protecting women's health in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - This morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an opinion vacating a preliminary injunction that had been issued by the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, in May 2017. The injunction had prohibited DHSS from enforcing state laws and DHSS regulations requiring physicians who perform abortions to have hospital privileges. The injunction had also prohibited DHSS from enforcing its regulations regarding physical plant requirements for abortion facilities. Now that the injunction has been vacated, DHSS will immediately begin enforcing the hospital privileges and physical plant requirements for abortion facilities.

\"In its opinion, the court noted that the good faith of state officers and the validity of their actions are presumed. As the Director of DHSS, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist for thirty years, and a defendant in the case, my commitment and that of the department is to act in good faith to follow the law and protect the health and safety of all women in Missouri, including those seeking abortions,\" said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director, MD, FACOG.

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