Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider may Close Today

Missouri may become the first state without a clinic that provides abortion services after the Missouri health department refused to renew Planned Parenthood’s license to perform abortions, which expires today. The license expires because of what Planned Parenthood argues are politically motivated and arbitrary regulations targeted at the clinic and Planned Parenthood is suing the state for a restraining order to allow abortion services to be performed after the license expires. This Planned Parenthood is the only clinic in the state that provides abortion services; if this clinic closes today then abortion services will become inaccessible in Missouri. Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen said that “this will be the first time since 1974 that safe, legal abortion care will be inaccessible to people in an entire state. More than a million people [will be] in a situation we haven’t seen since Roe v. Wade.” As abortion providers, advocates, and patients wait for a ruling on Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit in Missouri, clinics and abortion providers in nearby states are preparing for an influx of patients from Missouri. Dr. Erin King, who runs the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois, across the river from the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. […]

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