Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic’s abortion license had expired

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri is down to one clinic that can perform abortions after the license of another facility expired.

The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic’s abortion license expired Tuesday.

The site also has not been able to meet a new state requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they perform abortions. Federal appeals judges ruled last month that Missouri could enforce that rule as of Monday.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis is the last in the state that can provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains spokeswoman Emily Miller says the organization hopes the state will issue the Columbia facility another license soon. Planned Parenthood attorneys have asked a federal judge to temporarily exempt the Columbia clinic from the hospital privileges requirement.