JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal judge followed through on a promise yesterday by issuing an injunction blocking requirements imposed by lawmakers for Missouri abortion clinics to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.
U.S. District judge Howard Sachs in Kansas City ruled women in Missouri were guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling last year that struck down similar restrictions in Texas.
Planned Parenthood says the move will allow it restore abortion services in Columbia and Kansas City and begin performing them in Joplin and Springfield.
Republican State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who’d praised the restrictions, vowed to appeal the ruling.
“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,” Hawley said in a news release.
“Missouri has an obligation to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of women undergoing medical procedures in state-licensed medical facilities.”
Planned Parenthood officials in Missouri say they plan to offer abortion services in southwest Missouri as soon as possible. KOLR10’s Collin Lingo has more details on that at 5 and 6:00 p.m.