August 28, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Judge’s Ruling to Block Major Pieces of Missouri’s Extreme Abortion Law

Patients and Providers in Missouri Still at Risk, Anti-Choice Assault on Reproductive Freedom Continues

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

In response to today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Howard Sachs granting an injunction blocking most of Missouri’s extreme ban on abortion from going into effect, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri released the following statements:

Mallory Schwarz, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Executive Director:

“Today’s decision to ensure access to legal abortion in Missouri is a victory for some, but not for all. While the court injunction blocks several cruel provisions from going into effect, the right to choose legal abortion in Missouri continues to hang by a thread. It’s crystal clear that the provisions in this dangerous abortion ban were designed to put politicians at the center of a personal decision that belongs to pregnant people and those they trust the most: their family, faith community, and health care providers. NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri will continue to fight tooth and nail for every Missourian’s right to access legal abortion on demand and without shame.” 

Kristin Ford, NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director:

“Despite today’s ruling temporarily blocking some of the worst provisions of Missouri’s draconian abortion ban, we cannot forget what this law is really about: overturning Roe v. Wade, banning abortion outright in Missouri, and stripping away Americans’ fundamental freedoms. Anti-choice politicians will stop at nothing to ban abortion and interfere with critical, personal decisions, part of an agenda to criminalize abortion and punish pregnant people. NARAL is proud to stand with our partner organizations and the 7 in 10 Americans who support reproductive freedom in the face of these extreme bans. We will continue to fight these dangerous attacks from the anti-choice movement as we stand up for women and families in Missouri and across the country.”


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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