Columbia, Missouri Planned Parenthood Stops Doing Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 27, 2012   |   10:00PM   |   Columbia, MO

The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Columbia, Missouri, will once again suspend abortions at its facility due to a lack of abortion practitioners willing to travel there to do abortions on a regular basis.

Abortions will stop at the abortion center beginning July 1, according to officials with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. The suspension is indefinite and Planned Parenthood says it will refer women to other abortion facilities in Kansas and Missouri for abortions until a new abortion practitioner can be brought in.

This abortion center halted abortions for a four-month period last October after the abortion practitioner employed there was activated for military duty.

Mike and Kathy Forck, the director of the 40 Days for Life campaign locally, commented on the news in an email to

“We have been praising and thanking God since we found this out. There was a small blurb in the Columbia Missourian stating these facts. It is true, abortions are being suspended in Columbia. We pray they will not be able to find another doctor to replace the last one. It normally takes them a few months to find a replacement,” they said.

The new comes as Missouri residents celebrated a 9.4 percent drop in abortions in 2010.

Sam Lee, the director of Campaign Life Missouri, a pro-life organization, told LifeNews he was delighted abortions had stopped, at least temporarily.

“The weak link in the abortion industry is the lack of abortion doctors,”  Lee said.  “This clinic recently underwent extensive renovation in order to continue doing abortions – as required by a court settlement – but it makes no difference now because no doctor is willing to step forward to do abortions.”

“This is a testament to the perseverance of local grassroots pro-life folks who have kept the pressure on by their frequent prayer vigils and picketing,” said Lee.  “Because of their public witness, no local doctor wants to perform abortions in Columbia.”