ST. LOUIS – A preliminary injunction has been granted to Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
The injunction stops the state of Missouri from closing the abortion clinic in the Central West End.
The state’s top health official says women treated at the clinic have faced life and death issues in the past year. Planned Parenthood’s attorneys accused the governor and health department of “weaponizing” laws to shut down the facility.
The judge also ruled the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must decide on Planned Parenthood’s license renewal no later than Friday, June 21.
Statement of Dr. Leana Wen, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“Today’s decision is a clear victory for our patients — and for people across Missouri — but the threat to safe, legal abortion in the state of Missouri and beyond is far from over. We’ve seen just how closely anti-health politicians came to ending abortion care for an entire state. We are in a state of emergency for women’s health in America. In Missouri, and across the country, Planned Parenthood will do whatever it takes to combat the extreme, dangerous, and unconstitutional efforts by politicians to ban access to health care including safe, legal abortion. We will never stop fighting for our patients.”
Statement of Dr. Colleen McNicholas, OB-GYN, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region:
“Today’s ruling gives doctors like me the ability to wake up tomorrow and continue providing safe, legal abortion in the last health center in the state that provides abortion care. For patients, that means for now, they can continue to make decisions about their bodies, lives, and future in their home state.
“While this is welcome relief for patients and providers at Planned Parenthood, this fight is far from over. Abortion access in Missouri is hanging on by a thread and for many, politicians like Gov. Parson have already created an impossible landscape for patients who need access to abortion. Abortion remains one of the most inappropriately regulated health care services. Until that changes, access to care in our state will depend on where you live and how much money you earn. We are too close to losing our rights and freedoms and we will not back down today, tomorrow, or ever.”