Religious leaders sue to block Missouri’s abortion ban


              Deon Johnson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. A group of religious leaders who support abortion rights has filed a lawsuit challenging Missouri’s law that bans abortions in nearly all cases, saying lawmakers openly invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the measure and thereby imposed those beliefs on others who don’t share them.  (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
            
              Traci Blackmon speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. A group of religious leaders who support abortion rights has filed a lawsuit challenging Missouri’s law that bans abortions in nearly all cases, saying lawmakers openly invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the measure and thereby imposed those beliefs on others who don’t share them.   (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
            
              Clergy who filed suit seeking to overturn Missouri’s abortion law and other opponents of the law hold a March through downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. The suit says Missouri legislators invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the law in violation of the Missouri Constitution. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
            
              Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)