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Missouri Health Department denies PPFA application to perform chemical abortions in Springfield

by | Apr 5, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Missouri is a very pro-life state, which includes a deep concern for the health of abortion-minded women. That is why Missouri’s omnibus SB 5 law passed in 2017 during a special session of the legislature included a provision that mandates when an abortion “provider” performs chemical abortions, they must have two Ob-Gyns on call 24/7.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri tried to evade the mandate saying it has a “plan” in place that includes on-call nurses. And, of course, it sued claiming the regulation “is the latest in a series of medically unnecessary requirements imposed by the State, which will, without basis, limit women’s access to an extremely safe procedure using medications alone.”

Planned Parenthood’s position is, naturally, that chemical abortions are very safe. As NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, director of education & research has explained extensively, this is not true. (See here and here.)

Yesterday Brea Douglas of KOLR10 reported “that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have denied its license application to offer the service in Springfield.” Douglas reports that there will be a hearing Friday in Kansas City where Planned Parenthood will fight the Health Department’s decision.

This is just one phase of the intense abortion debate in the “Show Me” state.

As NRL News Today reported yesterday, the Missouri House of Representatives gave final approval to H.B. 1266 on Tuesday which would protect unborn babies from abortion who are 20 weeks and older, a developmental point by which the baby would feel unimaginable pain as she is torn apart. The bill now moves to the state Senate. Such laws are on the books in 16 other states, according to NRLC’s Department of State Legislation.

In addition, as Douglas reported, “Rep. Tom Hurst has proposed making it a felony to take minors out of the state for abortions without parental consent.”

“The one child that I thought I could have saved with this bill is dead,” Rep. Hurst said on Tuesday. “The grandchild I thought I could save with this bill is dead. As much as we can change laws, sometimes we can’t change hearts,” according to MissouriNet.

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