Judge Rules Columbia Planned Parenthood Cannot Resume Abortions


The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia cannot resume abortions after a federal judge ruled that state restrictions were not undue burdens on women seeking abortions. Missouri law requires abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Columbia clinic has been unable to meet this requirement and has therefore been unable to offer abortions at that facility.

In December, Planned Parenthood sought an injunction to block the admitting privileges requirement and allow it to resume abortions. Last week, Judge Brian Wimes ruled the Missouri requirements were not an "undue burden" to women's access to abortions in Missouri. In his ruling, Judge Wimes stated that Planned Parenthood had not presented evidence of trying to find doctors with necessary hospital privileges or evidence of fewer doctors, longer wait times, and increased crowding at the St. Louis abortion clinic.   

As a result of the ruling, the St. Louis clinic is the only one in Missouri that is able to provide abortions.

March 1, 2019 - 3:06pm

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