Missouri to Pay Over $156,000 in Attorney’s Fees to Planned Parenthood Over Hospital Privileges Suit

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The state of Missouri has been ordered to pay over $156,00 in attorney’s fees to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood after it had been sued for seeking to revoke the abortion license of the organization’s Columbia location.

As previously reported, Planned Parenthood of Columbia ceased providing medical abortions in November as the University of Missouri Health Care decided to discontinue granting the location admitting privileges. The hospital voted last September to no longer offer the “refer and follow” privileges, which allowed Planned Parenthood to obtain permission from the state health department to offer medical abortions.

Without the privileges, the Columbia location lost any authority to offer abortifacients to mothers. Abortionist Colleen McNicholas was consequently left without means to legally provide abortifacients at the facility.

In December, the state planned to revoke Planned Parenthood’s authorization to offer abortions after it was unable to comply with Missouri’s admitting privileges law.

However, the organization sued to challenge the decision, and in May, U.S. District Judge Nanette Loughrey ruled partially in favor of Planned Parenthood in that she issued an injunction against the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) plan to revoke Planned Parenthood’s license.

“The evidence submitted to the Court indicates that DHSS’s unprecedented hasty actions were likely the result of political pressure being exerted by Missouri legislators and the Department’s perception that if it did not act in accordance with the legislature’s desires, its budget would be cut,” she wrote.

However, she left intact the requirement for Planned Parenthood to find a hospital that would grant admitting privileges. While the Columbia location’s license expired anyway without being able to find a willing hospital, Loughrey ordered this week that the state pay the organization $156,788 in attorney’s fees over the lawsuit.

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The state had asked Loughrey to reduce the payment since her order was basically moot as Planned Parenthood lost its license anyway.

Planned Parenthood says that in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Texas’ admitting privileges requirement, it will likely challenge Missouri’s law to in order to resume performing abortions.

“Once those laws are not in effect we will immediately reinstate abortion at our Columbia location,” Laura McQuade, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

As previously reported, in June, the U.S. Supreme Court opined 5-3 that Texas’ admitting privileges requirement and ambulatory surgical center standards placed a “burden” on mothers seeking abortions.

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”

Nearly 60 million children and counting have been murdered in the womb since the court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

There is currently only one facility that performs abortions in Missouri.


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  • stars misplaced

    good. now let’s get some more clinics opened in missouri.

    • Pererin

      Those poor, defenceless children.

      • Jalapeno

        Good thing PP provides contraception to help prevent unwanted pregnancies eh?

        • Oboehner

          Murder is contraception now?

          • Jalapeno

            No..contraception is contraception.

          • Oboehner

            So murder is contraception is contraception, I see.

          • Jalapeno

            How is contraception murder?

          • Oboehner

            When it ends a life.

          • Jalapeno

            Contraception SAVES lives.

          • Oboehner

            Saves them in a dumpster then sells what’s left for parts.

          • Jalapeno

            No..I mean that contraception prevents lives from being lost.

          • Oboehner

            Murder is not contraception – lives are lost by the millions.

          • Jalapeno

            Good..I’m glad you agree that contraception isn’t murder. Nice and simple.

          • Oboehner

            And abortion isn’t contraception.

          • Jalapeno

            Good job.

            Contraception prevents pregnancies while an abortion is the early termination of a pregnancy.

        • Pererin

          Sure, let’s just ignore the killing of millions of lives shall we?

          • Jalapeno

            Which do you think women are more likely to forgo if they don’t have a clinic close…abortions or proper effective contraception?

          • Pererin

            You do realise there were far less abortions, before it was legalised in the 60s?

          • Jalapeno

            Yes.

            Which do you think women are more likely to forgo if they don’t have easy access to a clinic?

          • Pererin

            I see, you really are content to ignore the killing of millions then?

          • Jalapeno

            Is it that hard of a question?

          • Pererin

            I did, but for some reason the answer I gave didn’t satisfy you.

          • Jalapeno

            I saw no actual answer.

          • Pererin

            If you are going to be so dishonest, I will no longer waste my time with you. If we ever needed a greater example of a troll, you are expressing it wonderfully right now.

          • Jalapeno

            Are you saying your answer was “sure”?

    • Oboehner

      Yeah, kill kill kill!!!