The ACLU sent out the following email on Tuesday in celebration of a judge’s ruling that would pause a pro-life law in Missouri from going into effect.

The ACLU called it a “crucial victory” for Missourians and all people in the country fighting for their “reproductive freedom.”

Big news in the fight for reproductive freedom: A federal court just blocked Missouri’s abortion ban – one of the most restrictive in the nation. Had we not gone to court, the ban, which would make most abortions in the state illegal, would have taken effect tomorrow.

The order comes as part of the lawsuit we filed against the state of Missouri in partnership with Planned Parenthood and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The lawsuit challenges a law signed by Governor Mike Parson, which is part of a multi-layered effort to push abortion out of reach for 1.1 million Missourians of reproductive age.

This is a crucial victory for Missourians and for all people in this country fighting for their reproductive freedom as it continues to come under attack like never before.

Abortion bans like the one in Missouri are part of a concerted nationwide strategy to stop people who need abortions from getting one. We’ve seen these bans in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, Utah, and more. The ACLU has taken legal action against each and every one of these unconstitutional bans, and we’ll keep fighting until we defeat them all.

Having a child is one of the most important, personal decisions someone can make. Politicians should never have any say in that decision. So let’s make sure they never do.

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall