Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia ends abortions

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COLUMBIA, Mo. _ A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing medically-induced abortions.

The Columbia Tribune reports that the clinic ceased offering the abortions Monday. At issue is a University of Missouri medical committee’s decision to drop so-called “refer and follow” privileges, effective Dec. 1. The privileges are significant because they’d been granted to a Planned Parenthood doctor and played a role in the Columbia clinic obtaining a license to begin offering abortions in August. State law requires physicians or centers providing abortions to have certain agreements with local hospitals for patient care.

Planned Parenthood supporters plan to hold a vigil Monday and then march to an administration building. They’re hoping to pressure interim Chancellor Hank Foley into canceling or delaying the end of “refer and follow” privileges.