Missouri’s lone abortion clinic, only abortions to Friday, a judge rules, can perform

A Missouri judge on Monday ruled that the state’s lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions until Friday, but the clinic’s lawsuit kicked out of court. (FILE)

Missouri’s lone abortion clinic, only abortions to Friday, can perform a judge on Monday ruled.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended an injunction he issued previously in order to take a Planned Parenthood ner in St. Louis, the time to perform a licensing fight abortions before an administrative panel.

Stelzer rules the clinic has not yet exhausted his options outside of the court, hand the dispute over the license to perform abortions. The state health Department on Friday refused to renew the clinic’s abortion license.


The judge referred to planned Parenthood, the issue with the Administrative hearing Commission, a body that typically treats disputes between state authorities and companies or individuals.

“We will continue this fight, not to stop in the Administrative hearing, the Commission, and we will, until every person can have access to the care they need, when and where you need it,” said Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an Ob-GYN to Reproductive health services at planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region

She said in a statement that, if the Commission does not act, the will be gone by Friday, “abortion access in the state of Missouri.”

Republican Gov. Mike Parson speaker Steele Shippy said the judge, the judgment, the state ‘ s confirms the assertion that the licensing dispute heard by the Commission.

“We are pleased, to try the merits of this case before the AHC in our ongoing efforts to ensure planned Parenthood, according to our state of health laws that are necessary to the protection of women’s security,” he said in a statement.

The fate of the clinic, national attention has been drawn, because Missouri is the first state since 1974, the year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide, will be closed without a functioning abortion clinic when it. The fight also concerns as the right to abortion supporters, the conservative-led attempt to States, the end of the abortion, the due to tougher laws and stricter regulation.

The state has said concerns about the clinic emerged from tests in March. To cited problems, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services investigators, three were “failed abortions” will require additional operations and another that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported last week, citing a now-sealed court filing.

Missouri is among several conservative States, encouraged by the new conservative judges on the Supreme court to pass new restrictions on abortions in the hope that the high court overturn, eventually, Roe v. Wade.


The number of abortions performed in Missouri each year has decreased for the last ten years, a low of 2,910 last year. This estimated 1,210 occurred in eight weeks or less of pregnancy, according to health Department data.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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