2020 Democrats respond to Missouri's only abortion clinic possibly closing

2020 Democrats respond to Missouri's only abortion clinic possibly closing

Several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls spoke out Tuesday after Planned Parenthood announced Missouri's only abortion clinic may have to close this week, making Missouri the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

The state's health department is "refusing to renew" the clinic's annual license amid an ongoing investigation, Planned Parenthood said.

"This is something we have never seen before," Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen told reporters Tuesday.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE (I-Vt.) was the first to tweet about the potential closure, stressing the need for access to abortion.

"We cannot go back to the days when women in America didn't have the right to control their own bodies," he tweeted. "Access to a safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted soon after, echoing the constitutional right to abortion access from Roe v. Wade.

"Reproductive rights are not just protected by the Constitution of the United States but must be guaranteed in every state," she tweeted. "This is a direct attack on women’s health."

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions MORE (D-N.Y.), who has centered her campaign around women's rights, tweeted after Planned Parenthood announced they would be suing Missouri.

"Leaving an entire state—and 1 million people—without a single abortion provider is the definition of an 'undue burden' on access. That makes it unconstitutional," she tweeted. "This is an attack on Missourians' civil rights, and it cannot be allowed to stand." 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerMark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE (D-N.J.) called the potential closure "disgraceful and dangerous."

"For the first time since Roe v. Wade was decided, thousands of women and families in Missouri will be left without safe, accessible reproductive health care services of their choice," he tweeted. "This is disgraceful and dangerous." 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro slammed the potential closure, linking it to anti-abortion laws being passed in several states.

“There is a reproductive justice and public health emergency taking place across the United States,” Castro tweeted. “Access to abortion is being undermined, doctors are being threatened, and clinics that provide safe procedures are being shut down.

The potential closure of Missouri's only abortion clinic comes amid a wave of anti-abortion laws being passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures.

Democratic candidates have blasted the restrictive laws, with many of them promising to codify the result of Roe v. Wade.