Missouri Denies License to State’s Only Abortion Clinic

Missouri health officials have refused to renew the license of the state’s only abortion clinic. The Planned Parenthood facility will remain open until a court-ordered temporary restraining order is withdrawn or ended by the court.

In a previous ruling, State Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer ordered the state health department to make a decision about the clinic’s license by today.

According to Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, the decision was based on the fact that of the 30 deficiencies indicated in the department’s review of the facility, only four have been addressed by Planned Parenthood.

Williams told ABC News of reported examples of two patients who had failed abortions at the Planned Parenthood center, forcing them to undergo multiple subsequent procedures. He also described an instance in which the doctor who performed the pre-operative review of the patient was not the one to perform the surgery itself, which defies state laws.

“Planned Parenthood has been actively and knowingly violating state law on numerous occasions,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

The state notified the clinic of its refusal this morning before the two parties attended the court hearing later today.

In the hearing—which lasted less than five minutes—Judge Stelzer said it might be days before the court would come to a final decision about the fate of the clinic.

If the court revokes the restraining order, the clinic will close, and Missouri will be the first state without an abortion clinic.

According to Life News, Planned Parenthood also had plans to open abortion clinics in the cities of Joplin and Springfield, but has not been able to meet licensing requirements for those locations either.

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