Planned Parenthood Aims for Abortions in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo-- "In Springfield and Joplin our intent is to start providing medication abortions." That's the goal set by Planned Parenthood just one day after the blocking of abortion clinic regulations enforced since 2007, according to an audio statement released to KOLR10.

"We would like to make these services available to the community as soon as possible," the St. Louis region Director of Public Policy, Angie Postal said.

Back in November, Planned Parenthood sued the state of Missouri over two restrictions, one requiring hospital admission privileges to doctors performing abortions, the other requiring all clinics to meet surgical center standards. Both prevented abortion services in clinics in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin.

Now the federal judge ruling over the case has blocked those restrictions, freeing up abortion services in those four cities.

"Generally speaking this isn't a joyful experience," says Nicholas Lund-Molfese, Director of Pro-Life Services for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

He says this isn't some kind of celebrated victory for anyone.

"There's usually a story of human tragedy and difficulty. I don't think anybody, including most advocates are going to say it's a joyful occasion," Lund-Molfese says.

Also unenthused about this ruling, Attorney General Josh Hawley-- who claims the regulations were put in place to protect those seeking abortion services and getting rid of them will only cause danger. 

Hawley released a statement reading: "Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion... This decision was wrong. I will appeal."

"His law is in fact to enforce and defend the laws of the state of Missouri so he's doing his job," Lund-Molfese says.

But Planned Parenthood says they are-- too-- ready to continue fighting for this issue.

"We're going to continue to fight these restrictions until they are permanently blocked in Missouri," Postal says in Planned Parenthood’s comment.


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