Federal judge rules in favor of Missouri Planned Parenthood

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Columbia, Missouri, Planned Parenthood clinic after the state tried to revoke its abortion license.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey in a Wednesday ruling said the Department of Health and Senior Services likely bowed to political pressure and unfairly revoked the clinic’s license.

The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately comment Wednesday.

The department acted after the clinic’s only doctor performing abortions lost certain privileges with University of Missouri Health Care. Te clinic then stopped offering medication-induced abortions.

The department’s move also came amid fallout from Republican lawmakers investigating abortion.

The ruling doesn’t mean the health department will never be able to take away the clinic’s license. But Laughrey says the agency must follow the same process used at other surgical centers.