Missouri left with 1 abortion clinic after court ruling

Missouri left with 1 abortion clinic after court ruling

Abortions can only be performed at one clinic in the state of Missouri as of Wednesday, after the one of two clinics stopped providing services due to new state requirements, according to The Kansas City Star.

A judge in September ruled in favor of restrictions requiring doctors to be licensed at nearby hospitals before they can perform abortions. The rule went into effect Monday.

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As a result of their inability to meet the new restrictions, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Mo., canceled abortions scheduled for Wednesday. The clinic will still continue to provide other services, according to the Star.

“We are unable to provide abortion services now, so we’ve been working with patients who were on the schedule for today for abortion appointments to let them know what their alternatives are,” spokeswoman Emily Miller told the Star.

The only clinic that provides abortions in Missouri is now the Planned Parenthood clinic located in St. Louis.

Planned Parenthood attorneys asked Judge Brian Wimes of the District Court for the Western District of Missouri to temporarily exempt the Columbia clinic from the requirement before Wednesday, but Wimes has yet to rule on that request, according to the Star.

Planned Parenthood has criticized that September decision, saying that the restrictions harm women's rights and are at odds with other legal precedent. 

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the decision overturned a 2017 ruling that had blocked the requirements.