Judge says Missouri clinic can keep providing abortions

She said access to abortion is about to vanish in the state before a challenge is mounted to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

"This means that more than 1.1 million women of reproductive age in Missouri will live in a state where they can not receive the health care they need", Planned Parenthood President, Dr. Leana Wen, said in a statement to NPR. The remaining physicians are not directly employed by Planned Parenthood and refused to sit down for interviews.

John Sauer, an attorney for Gov. Mike Parson and the state Department of Health and Senior Services, told Stelzer the interviews were necessary to determine if the facility was fit to receive its license renewal.

King mentioned her facility, the Hope Sanatorium for Ladies in Granite Metropolis, Ailing., has been hiring extra doctors and clinical make stronger group for more than a year in preparation for the possibility that abortion would be restricted in Missouri.

The clinic's licence "shall not expire and shall remain in effect" until a ruling is issued on Planned Parenthood's request for a permanent injunction, Mr Stelzer's ruling says.

"As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone", Edwards said in a statement on Wednesday.

McNicholas said there is "a tremendous amount of confusion" among women who come to the Planned Parenthood clinic because of all of the recent laws. "If they are operating under the guidelines of the state health department, which they have for years until now, it is just a matter of getting that cleaned up". Women who terminate their pregnancies can not be prosecuted.

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who works at the St. Louis clinic, said the actions by Missouri's Republican-led government "is the foreshadowing of what is going to happen in other states".

On Thursday, abortion-rights demonstrators held a rally in downtown St. Louis, where police arrested Alderman Megan Ellyia Green and several Planned Parenthood board members during a sit-in at the Wainwright State Office Building, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

The case comes as more than a dozen U.S. states have passed laws restricting abortion as part of a concerted strategy to push the issue before the Supreme Court.

A Missouri judge has issued a stay, allowing the state's only abortion clinic to continue providing the procedure.

If the order is denied, Missouri would become the first USA state in more than 45 years where abortions can no longer be obtained.

The fight over the clinic's license comes as lawmakers in many conservative states are passing new restrictions that take aim at Roe.

Planned Parenthood says the agency hasn't specified the complaint, but said its subsequent "investigation has identified a large number of potential deficient practices requiring explanation by the physicians directly involved in patient care, as well as the attending physicians". "In this case, we had to weigh this against abortion access for an entire state - a almost impossible decision and state officials know it". He said Planned Parenthood "has demonstrated that immediate and irreparable injury will result" if its abortion license is allowed to expire.

SHAPIRO: Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, speaking with us from St. Louis, Mo., thank you so much.

The Louisiana legislation will not go into effect until a U.S. Appeals Court rules on whether to allow a similar measure in neighboring MS to take effect.

Now Planned Parenthood, which operates that final abortion clinic, said Tuesday it will be forced to end its abortion services altogether by Friday if the state suspends its license.


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