Missouri Denies Planned Parenthood Abortion License, But Last Abortion Facility in State Remains Open for Now

(St. Louis Public Radio) The only abortion provider in Missouri has lost its license, but the clinic’s future remains unclear after a court hearing Friday morning in St. Louis.

Citing patient safety concerns, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Friday declined to renew a St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic’s license to perform abortions. Officials said some abortions were not performed properly and failed.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer said the injunction he previously issued keeping the clinic open will remain in effect for now. It’s not known when he will make a final decision. …

Williams defended the license-renewal denial at a press conference in Jefferson City, saying the health department found numerous violations during the state’s last inspection of the clinic.

“That would be like the FAA having a plane crash, in which people got injured and investigating it, and when people say, ‘Well, what? Did you talk to the pilots?’ And say, ‘No, we didn’t talk to the pilots,’” Williams said.

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