The state's last remaining abortion clinic warned that its license to provide abortions expires Friday, and Planned Parenthood says the state is "refusing to renew" it.
Abortion provider Planned Parenthood announced a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Missouri, following news that the state's only abortion clinic could be shut down. For Dreith, while she expects the Missouri numbers to continue to grow at her IL clinic across the Mississippi River, it's not the only state sending patients her way. State health officials wanted to interview all seven physicians who provide care at the clinic, but the Planned Parenthood facility could only offer up two of the doctors for interviews. State figures show a handful of Missouri hospitals also perform abortions, but those are rare.
Missouri's only abortion provider is expected to close its doors for good this week in a move that would effectively end access to legal abortions throughout the entire state. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis.
The Roe v. Wade decision allowed states to restrict abortion from the time a fetus can viably survive outside the womb, which the opinion placed at 24 to 28 weeks from conception.
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He said the organization could not "in good conscience ask doctors to sit for an interview on wide-ranging (subjects) in an investigation which might result in criminal charges".
"We're really scrambling today about the need for increased staff and how fast can we hire and train, ' Dreith said". But even before that law takes effect August 28, strict regulations in Missouri have limited access to the procedure, according to abortion-rights supporters.
She also said if the clinic is closed, it will "unsurprisingly and perhaps by design" have a greater impact on lower income women who will have to travel to other states for an abortion. In a statement upon signing, Parson said the abortion ban sends "a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women's health, and advocate for the unborn".
The top USA court, now dominated by a conservative majority, enshrined a woman's right to choose an abortion in 1973, allowing for conditions to be placed on it only after the first trimester of pregnancy.
Missouri's lawmakers are relentless in their war on reproductive rights. Of those, 1,673 occurred at under nine weeks and 119 occurred at 20 weeks or later in a pregnancy.
While some states have sought to ban abortion at six weeks from conception, at least three states have passed measures this year to ban abortion starting at some point between eight weeks and 18 weeks. The American Civil Liberties Union launched Tuesday that they will pursue a referendum to overturn the abortion ban.
If the petition is approved for circulation, the ACLU would need to gather more than 100,000 signatures to block the law from taking effect on August 28 and force a referendum in 2020. Already the number of patients in Missouri seeking an abortion at the clinic from April 2018 until this April had dropped by 50% compared with the same period the previous year.