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Missouri May Shut Down Remaining Abortion Clinic By Friday

Missouri May Shut Down Remaining Abortion Clinic By Friday

But Parson says that because of the audit and investigators' inability to complete the investigation into the patient complaint, the clinic's license can not be renewed.

St Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer said Planned Parenthood's St Louis clinic can continue providing abortions despite the Missouri health department's refusal to renew its licence due to a variety of patient safety issues.

"This is not a warning".

"The state of women's health is an emergency and a nationwide crisis - and we need to respond with everything we've got", the family planning group said in a tweet.

If the St. Louis-based clinic's license is not renewed, it would only be allowed to offer Planned Parenthood services not related to abortion, making Missouri the first state without a single licensed abortion clinic.

The legal battle comes days after Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

Missouri has long had some of the strictest abortion restrictions in the U.S. Now questions about Planned Parenthood's license in St. Louis could mean Missouri losing its only abortion clinic.

She also said if the clinic is closed, it will "unsurprisingly and perhaps by design" have a greater impact on lower income women who will have to travel to other states for an abortion.

Alabama is the latest state to pass an abortion restriction bill. State figures show a handful of Missouri hospitals also perform abortions, but those are relatively rare. OH and MS too have similar legislation. Last week, the Missouri governor just signed into law an extreme abortion ban that also includes putting doctors in jail for up to 15 years for performing abortion care.

Planned Parenthood's attorney Jamie Boyer argued meanwhile that Missouri was acting in bad faith, with "shifting interpretations of its regulations". Democrats have criticised the bill, calling it an outrageous, appalling, and unconstitutional attack on women.

Pettis was one of a small number of abortion opponents protesting outside the clinic on the day the Missouri Legislature passed a sweeping measure banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. She described the elimination of abortion providers in Missouri as a "dismantling of the rights and freedoms we fought for over decades".

The moves by the states generally have sought to roll back when abortions are permitted to as early as when a heart-beat is first detected.

Protesters marched in the streets Thursday in St. Louis, hoping to protect the only abortion clinic left in Missouri.

The organization would still be able to provide other services to women in Missouri.

That law has but to bewitch originate, nonetheless the dispute between Planned Parenthood and the Missouri Department of Neatly being and Senior Services and products over regulatory enforcement is threatening to shut down abortion products and providers at Missouri's last last sanatorium.

Planned Parenthood operates the lone abortion clinic under siege by the state government.

"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.

How does Missouri compare to other states when it comes to abortion access?

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed notice Tuesday that it will pursue a referendum to repeal the law.

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