Court Judge Orders Only Missouri’s Abortion Clinic To Remain Open
St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer ruled in favor of keeping Missouri’s only abortion clinic open.
With the preliminary injunction, it would stop Missouri from becoming the first state in U.S. without an abortion provider.
Missouri’s new law bans abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exception for rape or incest. Doctors who do perform an abortion could face five to 15 years in prison.
The abortion was set to close due after “non-compliance,” with state law, which could result in loss of the license for the abortion provider, USA Today reported.
Missouri’s state health department declined to renew the clinic’s license to perform abortions last month after “failed surgical abortions,” according to officials.
“A clear victory for our patients and for people across Missouri,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood.
Abortions in Missouri have declined every year for the past decade, according to preliminary statistics from the state health department.
3,300 out of 7,000 abortions performed last year in the state of Kansas were from residents in Missouri, according to state officials.
Missouri currently is one out of six states with just one abortion clinic open, according to Planned Parenthood.
The ruling keeps the abortion clinic open and fully operating in St. Louis, and kept Missouri from becoming the first state to eradicate abortion clinics since 1973, according to Planned Parenthood.
The ruling also keeps the clinic’s license and the ability to continue operating. The judge has given the state until June 21 on whether the license for the abortion provider will be renewed or revoked.