On Thursday, Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a license to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood, allowing the clinic to operate through 2021. This comes after the state's administrative hearing commission (AHC) ruled last month that the abortion clinic had met the requirements for license renewal and caps off a year-long dispute between Planned Parenthood and the DHSS. State officials had refused to renew the abortion clinic's license due to failed abortions discovered by department investigators and non-cooperation by some of the providers involved in the abortions. Although the AHC found that Planned Parenthood had violated two provisions of state law, it ruled that the violations did not constitute substantial failures to comply with the law in such a manner that the facility's license renewal should be denied. After the AHC ruling, Planned Parenthood applied for a new license and passed its inspection. Although the clinic had its license revoked last year, it had been allowed to remain open through a judicial order, so the license renewal shouldn't change much about how it has operated. Very few abortions are being performed at the clinic, with most Missouri women seeking abortions at clinics just over the border in Illinois and Kansas.
June 30, 2020 - 6:26am