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Federal Appeals Court places stay on order expanding abortion in Missouri

by | Sep 18, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

In a single sentence, Friday, the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals placed a temporary stay on an order requiring the state of Missouri to issue licenses to additional abortion clinics.

“I applaud the Eighth Circuit’s decision,” said Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has led the fight against Planned Parenthood’s original November lawsuit. “The health and safety of Missouri women will now be protected while the court considers the merit of our appeal.”

Planned Parenthood Great Plains countered in a statement, “These are politically and ideologically motivated laws that will do nothing but harm Missourians.”

In April, citing a 2016 Supreme Court decision, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs had struck down two Missouri laws–one requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the other requiring abortion clinics to meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers. Two weeks later he issued an order directing abortion clinic license applications “to be processed promptly, in light of patient needs, and without effective influence from opponents of abortion.”

Although Missouri AG Hawley had appealed the decision, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had no choice but to issue a license to the Midtown Kansas City health center which offer ring chemical (RU-486) abortions beginning today. But the effect of the appeals court temporary stay is to at least temporary halt the Abortion Industry’s plans to begin providing abortions elsewhere– in Columbia, Springfield and Joplin.

Prior to Judge Sach’s activism, there was only one abortion clinic–Planned Parenthood in St. Louis–which performs both surgical and chemical abortions.

Categories: Abortion Judicial