Missouri’s last abortion center may stop abortions this week, Planned Parenthood announces
ST. LOUIS, May 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – This week, Missouri may become the first state in America to be without any abortion centers, Planned Parenthood announced in an update about its scandal-plagued St. Louis facility.
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region may be losing its license to perform abortions this week amid a legal battle over its annual license renewal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and NPR reported. The abortion giant says it’s resisting state health officials’ efforts to interview abortionists, which it claims constitute “intimidation” tactics.
With no resolution on the matter being reached and the deadline fast approaching, the facility could have to stop committing abortions once its current license expires on Friday. It would remain open to offer non-abortion services.
"Missouri would be the first state in the country to go dark — without a health center that provides safe, legal abortion care," national Planned Parenthood CEO Leana Wen declared. "This is a world we haven't seen in nearly half a century."
The abortion giant has filed a lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court seeking a restraining order to preserve its license, accusing the state of "unlawfully conditioning" its license on interviews pertaining to a patient complaint it claims the state has yet to provide.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services director Dr. Randall Williams responded that he couldn’t yet comment on the case, but would make a decision on the center’s license by Friday.
Despite Planned Parenthood’s protests, serious concerns linger as to the safety of women who enter the facility’s doors. In January, Operation Rescue released a list of nine 911 calls made from Reproductive Health Services between November 2016 and November 2018, several of which were for emergencies related to women hemorrhaging.
"The Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis is one of the most dangerous abortion facilities for women in the U.S.,” Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said at the time. “They have sent at least 70 women to the hospital suffering serious abortion complications in the past nine years or so.”
The latest news about the embattled facility’s medical license came just days after Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed into law a ban on aborting babies once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.