Missouri denies license for last remaining PP-affiliated abortion clinic

Why did the state deny the license? State health officials issued a new rule that women required an extra, “invasive” pelvic exam to get an abortion and Planned Parenthood doctors said that was unnecessary and distressing, and refused to comply.

Read the whole story here at the Daily Mail: Missouri’s health department has denied to renew a license to perform abortions for the state’s last remaining clinic.

The ruling on Friday morning puts the state on track to become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, when Roe v Wade was passed.

For now, the Planned Parenthood affiliate clinic in St Louis can stay open and continue procedures given a preliminary injunction previously issued by St Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer.

A further court ruling could force the clinic to close. Judge Stelzer says he will issue a written order outlining next steps.

The battle over Missouri’s only abortion clinic returned to court on Friday, the deadline Judge Stelzer imposed for the state to decide whether to renew the clinic’s license.

Missouri’s health department allowed the St Louis Planned Parenthood clinic’s abortion license to lapse effective June 1.

Rulings by Judge Stelzer allowed the clinic to temporarily remain open. He also told the state it can’t simply let the license lapse but must either renew it or deny it. He gave the health department until Friday to decide.

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.

Health department officials in Missouri have cited concerns at the clinic, including that three ‘failed abortions’ required additional surgeries, and another led to life-threatening complications.

As the license expiration neared, state health officials brought in some conditions that Planned Parenthood would need to comply with to stay active.

On May 24, the state signed a ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill into law, banning abortions once a heartbeat is detectable (roughly around six weeks).

A rule was also imposed that clinicians would need to perform an extra, invasive pelvic exam three days before an abortion, on top of the standard pelvic exam and screening.

Doctors hit back, saying the added step was unnecessary and distressing for women, and the Planned Parenthood-affiliate clinic refused to comply.


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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 year ago

There is little doubt as to why PP did not want to comply with the added “invasive pelvic exam” three days before the abortion was to be performed . . . . . wasting that extra time doing that initial exam cuts down on the time they have available to spend murdering innocent babies in the womb–it just is not cost effective, from their point of view!

1 year ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

Auntie…it’s not ONLY the 3 extra days they gain…it’s the possibility that the gestational age be “caught” as a LIE by the mother or the acting abortionist “Doctor.” How many babies do you think would be —even with these liberal standards——-NOT aborted if this exam was lawfully performed andd recorded? Hmmmmmmm……maybe cut their business in HALF?????????

1 year ago

Good for them. We live in a sick society. This one just pushes the envelope on depravity and shows exactly what people are all about. I read where one of the states has a bill to allow non-MD’s to perform these now. Wouldn’t want PP to have to pay too much for butchers.

1 year ago

Wow! Thank God!

Steven Broiles
1 year ago

This is cause for rejoicing, and I hope they go after South Dakota next—I hear that state has only one abortion clinic. Make No Mistake: All across the world, people have been waking up and have been having second thoughts about abortion. John Paul II was correct when he said, “The outcome to this battle has already been decided.” It is only a matter of time. But we must also be cognizant that contraception and abortion have, already, changed the demographics of the world. The contraception and abortion battle really is the Battle for the Survival of the World: John… Read more »

1 year ago

Go Missouri. The clock is ticking on Roe v. Wade. Eventually the supremes will shoot it down. Ginzburg is still in the way but the clock is ticking for her too, even though she won MTV’s “Best Real-life Hero” award. If that means anything to anybody. One look at that hideous creature tells you all you need to know about “women’s reproductive health”