The Latest: Missouri abortion clinic license fight continues
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a dispute between the Missouri state health department and a St. Louis clinic over the clinic’s license to perform abortions (all times local):
A St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic is taking a battle over its abortion license to a state panel.
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Colleen McNicholas in a Monday statement said the St. Louis clinic will continue its fight through the Administrative Hearing Commission.
A St. Louis judge on Monday had ruled that the clinic had not yet exhausted its options outside of court.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer also on Monday extended a preliminary injunction to allow the clinic to continue performing abortions through Friday. That gave Planned Parenthood time to take the issue up with the Administrative Hearing Commission.
McNicholas says abortion access in Missouri will be gone if the commission doesn’t act by Friday.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s spokesman Steele Shippy says the judge’s ruling affirms the state’s contention that the licensing dispute should be heard by the state commission.
A Missouri judge says the state’s lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions, at least in the near future.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer on Monday ruled to extend a preliminary injunction he previously issued to allow a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis to continue performing abortions through June 28.
He says the extension is intended to give the clinic time to bring a licensing dispute with the state before an administrative panel.
The health department on Friday declined to renew the clinic’s license to perform abortions. Concerns included three “failed abortions” that required additional surgeries, and another that the agency said led to life-threatening complications.
Clinic leaders say the license fight is part of an effort by an anti-abortion administration to eliminate the procedure.