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Eighth Circuit Enjoins Missouri Down Syndrome Abortion Law

Here is a link to today’s decision by the Eighth Circuit affirming a district court decision enjoining Missouri’s Down Syndrome abortion law. The appellate court’s decision was 2-1 with Judge Stras in dissent.

The Missouri law prohibits abortions if the provider “knows that the woman is seeking the abortion solely because of a prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down [s]yndrome or the potential of Down [s]yndrome in an unborn child.”

The Eighth Circuit had previously upheld constitutional challenges to a similar Arkansas law. The state of Arkansas has asked the US Supreme Court to review that earlier decision.

These Eighth Circuit decisions are inconsistent with the Sixth Circuit’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Ohio’s Down Syndrome abortion.


Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.