ST. LOUIS, Mo.– Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit to try to ensure abortion services continue in St. Louis.
Planned Parenthood says it may be forced to stop providing abortions at its St. Louis facility because the state is threatening not to renew its license, which expires Friday.
The lawsuit says the state wanted to interview seven physicians, including medical fellows who no longer provide care at the clinic. It says two staff doctors agreed but the others did not.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson held a news conference today saying this issue is about quality of care.
Parson, said “You know, look, look, this is not an issue about the pro-life issue at all. This is about a standard of care for women in the state of Missouri. Whether it’s this clinic or any other clinic or any other hospital, they should have to meet the same standards. They know what these standards are. They know they were deficient, they had the deficiencies. They’ve had two months to correct that and to abide by the law. That’s all we’re asking for.”
If the license is not renewed, the organization says Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since the 1973 Roe v. Wade supreme court decision.
The clinic would still be able to provide other health services to women in Missouri.
Planned Parenthood said they plan to sue the state “In order to try to keep serving Missouri women.”
It appears Missouri will be losing the last abortion clinic not because of the new law but because of state regulations.
Clinics that don’t follow the regulations may be asked to close their doors, several Missouri clinics were affected by this when the state starting requiring pelvic exams for abortions.
This year Planned Parenthood agreed to administer an extra pelvic exam for surgical abortions, but they would not budge on pill administered ones.
In 2019, six states have passed laws banning almost all abortions.