Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Stays Open During Court Fight

Judge's order protects clinic while license battle continues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2019 6:40 PM CDT
Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Stays Open During Court Fight
Demonstrators rally outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis last week.   (Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

A judge in St. Louis has issued another order allowing Missouri's only clinic that provides abortion services to continue operating, the AP reports. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer on Monday granted Planned Parenthood's request for a preliminary injunction, which extends his temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the St. Louis clinic's license to lapse. Stelzer also ordered the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to decide by June 21 whether the clinic's license should be renewed. The agency declined to renew the license to provide abortions, citing concerns about patient safety. Clinic leaders said the state's move is part of an effort by an anti-abortion administration to eliminate the procedure in Missouri. Monday's ruling protects the clinic throughout the ongoing court challenge. (More abortion debate stories.)

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