RadioOnFire.com – On Friday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that criminalizes abortions in the state after eight weeks of pregnancy.
The last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri says it expects to be shut down this week, which would effectively end legal abortion in the state.
Planned Parenthood said the state health department “is refusing to renew” the St. Louis clinic’s license to provide abortions. The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) did not immediately return a request for comment.
“If Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis health center cannot provide abortion care, this will be the first time since 1974 that safe, legal abortion care will be inaccessible to people in an entire state,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Wen said the closure would impact more than 1 million women of reproductive age.
The expected closure comes amid a wave of anti-abortion laws being passed by state legislatures.
On Friday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that criminalizes abortions in the state after eight weeks of pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood would still be allowed to provide non-abortion health services in Missouri, the organization said.
“This has nothing to do with medicine and everything to do with politics,” Wen said.
Planned Parenthood officials said they filed a lawsuit in state court Tuesday asking for a restraining order to prevent its St. Louis clinic from being forced to stop offering the procedure after a state license expires on Friday. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.