The Columbia Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has passed its state inspection and is now asking a federal judge to issue an order barring the state from enforcing its law requiring hospital privileges for doctors at the facility. This would allow the clinic to resume providing abortions in Columbia.
The state law being challenged by Planned Parenthood requires physicians who perform abortions to have privileges at a hospital in the same community as the clinic. Colleen McNichols, the physician who would perform abortions in Columbia, does not have such privileges.
U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes had refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the law in October because the facility had not completed its other licensing requirements. At that time, the Columbia clinic had not resolved issues found in an on-site inspection from the Department of Health and Senior Services. That inspection found that the clinic failed to ensure a sanitary environment.
Planned Parenthood wants to begin seeing women for abortion services on January 28.
January 8, 2019 - 7:59am