Missouri may become the only state with zero abortion clinics

Planned Parenthood has stated that Missouri State officers may not renew their license, which may bar the clinic, the final in the state, from performing abortions by the finish of the week.

If the clinic is pressured to cease offering the service, it will be the first time since the 1973 Roe vs Wade Supreme Court resolution that any state had no functioning abortion clinics. Over the final decade, 4 different Planned Parenthoods have closed in Missouri, leaving only the St. Louis location.

“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is real and it’s a public health crisis,” stated the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Dr. Leana Wen.

Planned Parenthood stated that state officers informed them they’re presently investigating “a lot of potential deficiencies,” and that a number of of their physicians had refused interviews with the authorities. The state revealed that the interviews may end in a “board review” and even “criminal proceedings.”

Missouri is certainly one of the states which handed wide-ranging anti-abortion measures final week. The new laws points a blanket ban on abortions after the eighth week of being pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the legislation may withstand 15 years in jail.

Women who wish to have an abortion if the clinic closes its doorways must journey to a close-by state to take action. Missouri Planned Parenthoods would nonetheless have the ability to keep on conducting non-abortion well being providers.

Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit calling for a restraining order in opposition to the state hoping to go over authorities’ heads to get their license renewed. The court docket case is scheduled to happen on Wednesday.