COLUMBIA, Missouri, December 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A Columbia, Missouri Planned Parenthood will be allowed to resume abortions, courtesy of a federal judge who granted the abortion giant a temporary injunction barring the State from pulling its license.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed suit to stop the State's Department of Health from taking the license after the University of Missouri revoked hospital privileges for the facility's abortion provider in September, according to report from OzarksFirst.com.
Missouri state law requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.
“This has nothing to do with meeting the licensing requirements,” said Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri CEO Laura McQuade. “This has to do with politics.”
A state interim legislative committee uncovered a dubious referral arrangement struck between Planned Parenthood's abortion provider Colleen McNicholas and the University, and its revocation of her privileges effectively cost the facility its abortion license.
November 23 was the last day abortions were to be performed there, and December 1 the expiration of McNicholas's privileges.
U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey extended the injunction to December 30 in a teleconference hearing yesterday, Operation Rescue confirmed via a statement.
“It is clear that Planned Parenthood illegally obtained their abortion license through the use of deception,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said. “Once they were caught, they sought out a like-minded judge to help them keep a license they were never qualified to have in the first place.”
Planned Parenthood cannot legally perform abortions without an abortionist who qualifies for local hospital privileges, an issue that has prevented abortions in Columbia intermittently for years.
The abortion business's leadership said the move to revoke its license was biased.
“We believe that the state is treating us differently than they treat other ambulatory surgical centers and as of right now, Judge Laughrey agrees,” McQuade stated.
A new bill before the Missouri legislature would require abortion facilities to surrender all of the human remains from abortions performed in the state to a pathology lab, which would certify that the remains were lawfully disposed of.
The legislation also steps up reporting requirements and orders the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue an annual report to the General Assembly logging the type of procedure and gestational age and other information for all abortions reported to the agency.
The bill also specifies the exact nature of abortionists' hospital privileges.
Halting Planned Parenthood's Columbia abortion business would result in one Planned Parenthood facility in the state of Missouri, in St. Louis, were McNicholas is also on staff.