Missouri A Half-Step Away From Having No Abortion Providers

Abortion Protest Missouri

Abortion Protest Missouri

The clinic in May filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services - which mandated the exams - for refusing to make a decision on its license renewal.

In a separate case, on Friday, June 14, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge David Dowd ruled that Missouri's legislature can not cut funding from the Planned Parenthood clinic, after the facility argued that it not only provided abortions, but other health care services, according to a local Fox News affiliate.

Calling the exam requirement "disrespectful and dehumanizing", a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed that as of Thursday the St. Louis clinic no longer performs it during a consultation at least 72 hours before an abortion.

In early June, Stelzer ruled that doctors, including doctors in residence, who were not now employed by the St. Louis Planned Parenthood did not have to testify in the state's investigation of the facility.

According to Planned Parenthood, no state has been without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. He suggested that if Planned Parenthood had simply done their exams three days before any given abortion, the state wouldn't have objected: "There's never been a law that you have to have two [pelvic] exams".

According to documents, three patients remained pregnant after surgical or medical abortions and required follow-up surgical abortions, Missouri Department of Health official William Koebel wrote last week to Planned Parenthood. "Shame on Gov. Parson and DHSS Director Randall Williams". Williams said the license renewal was denied because Planned Parenthood left the remaining deficiencies uncorrected.

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On Friday, the state government told the clinic that it would not be renewing the license.

The health department let the clinic's license lapse as of May 31, but a judge's order has kept it open and allowed abortions to continue. The most restrictive is in Alabama, which bans virtually all abortions and could send doctors to prison for life if they perform the procedure.

The licensing fight in St. Louis comes as lawmakers in Missouri and other conservative states have passed new restrictions that take aim at Roe.

"State officials asked to interview seven physicians associated with the clinic, some of whom were employed by Washington University Medical School and were not part of the clinic's full-time staff". Planned Parenthood sued the state and the case has been working through the court system. The nearest abortion clinic is in Granite City, Illinois, about 10 miles away from St. Louis. Judge Michael Stelzer relayed the health department's decision Friday in court.

Once the state makes a decision, the fate of the clinic is back in the hands of the court, Planned Parenthood's lawyers have said.

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