Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open with Help from Judge

The last abortion clinic in Missouri will remain open. On Friday, a St. Louis judge kept an injunction in effect, allowing a Planned Parenthood Clinic to continue services.

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State Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer ruled in favor of the health center granting a preliminary injunction to the clinic on June 10 that allowed it to continue to operate even as the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services refused to renew its license. He set a deadline of June 21 for the department to make a decision.

Stelzer said he would issue a written order regarding next steps with the injunction as soon as possible, according to NBC News.

“Today is a victory for women to be able to access the kind of medical care that they and their health professionals need and deserve,” M’Evie Mead, director of policy and organizing at Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, told NBC News. “It is still very, very difficult to access abortion in Missouri because of medically unnecessary hoops and regulations, but you can still come to Planned Parenthood today for all of your reproductive health care.”