In advance of a court hearing today, Missouri’s governor said that Planned Parenthood’s sole remaining abortion clinic in the state is so dangerous for women that it’s “reckless” to keep it open.
Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parson said on Wednesday that a judge should take action to close the last abortion facility in the state and revoke its medical license. He said that Planned Parenthood does not deserve special treatment and that it should be closed by Friday if it does not fix its major health concerns and comply with state law.
The Planned Parenthood abortion center has been found deficient according to State Health Department inspections and at least 74 women have been victimized by botched abortions at the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Here’s more:
‘No judge should give special treatment to Planned Parenthood in this circumstance,’ Parson said during a live-streamed press conference from his office in Jefferson City.
His comments came the same day that Planned Parenthood was due in court over a lawsuit against the state that the organization announced on Tuesday.
Planned Parenthood officials said they may be forced to stop providing abortions at the St. Louis facility because the state is threatening to not renew its license to perform abortions. The license expires Friday
Parson outlined a number of serious concerns during the press conference, including reports of three failed abortions done by the Planned Parenthood facility.
‘These failed abortions also include the patients returning to Planned Parenthood after realizing they were still pregnant,’ Parson said. ‘In another case a patient was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance.’
‘The issues that we are talking about are centered around two key issues: Planned Parenthood not following the law and Planned Parenthood not protecting women’s health,’ Parson said.
‘Regardless if you support abortion or not Planned Parenthood should be able to meet the basic levels of safety,’ he added.
Currently the only abortion facility doing abortions on unborn babies in the state of Missouri is located in St Louis and run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Planned Parenthood officials said Tuesday that the abortion center may have to close down because the state Health Department may refuse to issue a new license for the abortion business.
The current license for the abortion center expires on Friday and the abortion clinic has consistently injured women in botched abortions. In fact more than 70 women have been rushed to local hospitals after failed abortions at the Planned Parenthood Center.
“Missouri has led the way on enacting innovative abortion laws and regulations that are meant to protect the lives of innocent babies and their mothers. Planned Parenthood can or won’t comply,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “For years we have been calling out the St. Louis Planned Parenthood as being the most dangerous abortion facility in the U.S. If this abortion facility halts abortions, we know that fewer babies will die and women will be spared from suffering serious injury from abortions.”
While abortion numbers have decreased in recent months, the number of medical emergencies requiring ambulance transport have increased dramatically.
Most recently, three women were transported by ambulance to hospital emergency rooms in a 22-day timespan ending on May 15, 2019. Other recent medical emergencies occurred at RHS Planned Parenthood on April 24 and April 26, 2019. In all, 74 medical emergencies have been documented at this Planned Parenthood in the past ten years.
A Columbia, Missouri Planned Parenthood facility already lost its state license.
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The facility in Columbia stopped doing abortions in October after it failed to comply with a state health regulation. Planned Parenthood appealed, but in february, U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes denied its request for a preliminary injunction.
The state requires that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies and that abortion facilities meet the same basic health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers. Planned Parenthood challenged the law, but Missouri won a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturned an earlier ruling that blocked the state from enforcing the law.
Since then, the Columbia facility has had to stop doing abortions. In its appeal, it argued to Wimes that the admitting privileges law is an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion, the AP reports.
Wimes disagreed. He said Planned Parenthood did not provide evidence of substantial burdens or show any attempts to comply with the hospital admitting privileges law, the Columbia Missourian reports.
“[T]he record does not provide a basis in evidence to approximate the number of women who will forego or postpone surgical abortion incidental to the inoperability of the Columbia Facility,” the judge wrote.
He also said increased drive times to abortion facilities are not a substantial enough burden to merit a preliminary injunction.
The abortion facility and the state have been fighting in court since 2015.
Williams, an experienced ob-gyn and director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, explained the importance of the health regulations to the court in 2018:
After surgical abortions, some complications will be immediate and will require emergency transfer to a hospital from the abortion facility for emergency care. Some complications, both immediate and delayed, will be life-threatening and require hospitalization and/or surgical procedures in a time-sensitive manner. Patient safety is most at risk at the time of complications. Having a physician who can follow the patient from the abortion facility to a nearby hospital where the physician has privileges and can provide the life-saving treatment commonly associated with the usual major complications or timely treatment of other complications is part of the responsibility a physician undertakes when he or she agrees to provide that patient’s elective care. …
When the physician performing the abortion has privileges at a nearby hospital, this provides continuity of care from that physician to whom the patient has entrusted her care, with whom she has an ongoing relationship, and who knows her best. The physician can accompany her to the hospital and be there for her with his or her expertise to immediately treat her complication.
In September, Missouri won a victory when the Eighth Circuit overturned a 2017 ruling that blocked the state from enforcing the law.
A Planned Parenthood facility in Kansas City, Missouri also lost its abortion clinic license last summer after struggling for months to find a new abortionist. Without one, the abortion facility was not able to complete its annual state inspection, a requirement for licensure.
Planned Parenthood also had plans to open abortion facilities in Joplin and Springfield, but it has not been able to meet licensing requirements at those locations either.