The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Missouri Attorney General’s appeal to reinstate an eight-week abortion ban passed by the Legislature in 2019. The law forbids abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or because a fetus has Down syndrome. It also has no exceptions for rape or incest.

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The justices denied the request to hear the case because it is currently being considered by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court denial also leaves a legal door open for the lower court decision to be appealed by saying “the petition is denied without prejudice to the filing of a new petition by either party following the Eighth Circuit’s final disposition of the case.”