UPDATED 7:00 PM PT – Friday, July 2, 2021
The Republican Attorney General in Missouri has requested the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a controversial abortion case coming out of his state. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a formal petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision against a state abortion law.
The lower courts decision struck down a 2019 law that banned abortion based solely on a prenatal diagnosis such as Down syndrome. Doctors were set to face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of violating the law, which has failed to go into effect.
🚨In the face of a genocidal crisis, Missouri & at least 11 other States have enacted laws restricting the eugenic abortion of those with disabilities, especially those with #Downsyndrome.
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) July 1, 2021
The petition also requested the Supreme Court to review the legal validity of restrictions on abortions at various stages of pregnancy. Schmitt argued his petition in a press release by stating the value of life regardless of any diagnosis. He referenced his son who was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis.
“My son Stephen has shown me the inherent beauty in life, and he brings immense joy and love to his loved ones and those around him. Since taking office, I’ve fought to protect all life, including the unborn,” he expressed. “A prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome should not be a death sentence.”
There is currently one remaining abortion clinic in Missouri, with state Republicans working to defund the Planned Parenthood in Saint Louis.