This week, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Wimes dismissed a case brought by Planned Parenthood Great Plains against the state of Missouri. At issue was the question of whether abortion clinics can be required to retain physicians with admitting privileges to local hospitals and whether clinics must meet hospital-like standards. Planned Parenthood originally brought suit in 2016 after similar admitting privileges requirements in Texas were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a temporary restraining order against the admitting privileges rule in 2017, which was then reversed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, who sent the case back to the lower court. Planned Parenthood had sought a stay in the case or a dismissal without prejudice, pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision addressing admitting privilege requirements in Louisiana. Because Judge Wimes dismissed the case without prejudice, Planned Parenthood could potentially refile the case in the future. This ruling means abortions will not be performed in Columbia, MO for the foreseeable future.
August 19, 2019 - 12:25pm