COLUMBIA, Mo. — The state of Missouri is down to one remaining abortion facility after a local hospital cancelled the admitting privileges of an abortionist at the Columbia location.
Planned Parenthood of Columbia ceased providing medical abortions on Monday as the University of Missouri Health Care has decided to discontinue the privileges, which effective Dec. 1, means that abortionist Colleen McNicholas cannot legally provide abortifacients at the location.
The hospital voted in 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 loses any authority to offer abortifacients to mothers.
Planned Parenthood supporters are now planning to hold a rally and march next Monday in an effort to pressure interim Chancellor Hank Foley into postponing or changing his mind about rescinding the hospital privileges. A postponement would allow Planned Parenthood additional time to find another hospital to grant privileges or to find another abortionist who currently has the admitting privileges.
But some pro-lifers welcomed the news as they released balloons outside of the location on Monday, one for each baby who died after the health department granted Planned Parenthood’s abortion license this past summer.
“We give all the honor and glory and victory to God,” Kathy Forck of 40 Days for Life told reporters. “This is God’s victory.”
As previously reported, not many years after the birth of America, a number of lawmakers, lawyers and doctors adamantly stood against abortion as an immoral evil.
“We blush, while we record the fact that in this country, in our cities and towns, in this city, where literature, science, morality and Christianity are supposed to have so much influence; where all the domestic and social virtues are reported as being in full and delightful exercise; even here, individuals, male and female, exist, who are continually imbruing their hands and consciences in the blood of unborn infants,” said Dr. Hugh Lennox Hodge, a Philadelphia obstetrician and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1854.
It is recorded that Illinois was the first state to completely outlaw abortion as laws were passed in 1827. By the 1900′s, however, due to the influence of a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, nearly every state in the nation prohibited abortion for any reason, with the exception of Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina.