Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Missouri Wins!!

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Missouri families by rejecting the case of the Missouri State Medical Association, et al. over language that was signed into law last year to legalize certified professional midwives in Missouri. The ruling was based on the fact that the MSMA et al did not have "standing" in the case - which means they have no true legal interest in the case as the only possible effect for them would be economic. Our lawyers made a terrific case on that!

You can see the opinon and summary here - http://www.courts.mo.gov/Courts/PubOpinions.nsf/0f87ea4ac0ad4c0186256405005d3b8e/f291298ad8cf21978625747100797615?OpenDocument The plantiffs have 10 days to request a rehearing. We've been told is it very rare for the SC to agree to rehear a case, but the decision won't be "final" until that's over. So keep praying.

If you'd like to help, the Missouri organizations and families who joined the case have $32,000 in legal fees still to pay. You can make donations of any size at freethemidwives.org.

The result of today's decision is that certified professional midwives are now legal in Missouri!

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