Missouri down to 1 abortion clinic amid legal battle

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri is down to one abortion clinic amid a legal battle over state abortion laws.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains spokeswoman Emily Miller says abortions scheduled for Wednesday at the Columbia clinic are cancelled. She says the organization’s St. Louis clinic is now the only one in the state that can provide abortions.

Federal appeals judges ruled last month that Missouri can enforce a requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they perform abortions. The Planned Parenthood Columbia clinic was unable to meet that requirement.

Planned Parenthood has asked U.S. Western District Court Judge Brian Wimes to temporarily exempt the Columbia clinic from the requirement, but Wimes has yet to rule.

Wimes could still grant Planned Parenthood’s request, which would allow abortions to resume at the clinic.

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