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Abortions at Columbia Planned Parenthood face cancellation

October 2, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Abortions at a Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic face cancellation this week.

Abortions were scheduled for Wednesday at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

But federal appeals court judges on Monday issued a mandate that allows Missouri to once again enforce a law that requires doctors to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions. The Columbia doctor doesn’t have those privileges.

Planned Parenthood attorneys are asking a federal district judge to pause enforcement of the law for the Columbia site as a broader legal fight over abortion laws plays out.

Abortions will be cancelled unless the judge acts soon. If the law is not temporarily stayed, St. Louis will be the only Planned Parenthood site that provides abortions in Missouri.

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