Missouri – Today, Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region (PPSLR) asked a federal district judge to grant protection for 1.2 million Missourians by blocking two unconstitutional, medically unnecessary abortion restrictions that have prevented patients from accessing abortion. PPGP and PPSLR are seeking a preliminary injunction that would suspend the enforcement of admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) requirements while the legal challenge to those restrictions, filed on November 30, is in progress. If the court blocks the restrictions, abortion services would be swiftly restored at health centers in Columbia and Kansas City and introduced in Springfield and Joplin.
These two state mandated restrictions, designed by politicians, not doctors, have left Missouri with one abortion provider, forcing countless patients to drive hundreds of miles or cross state lines to access services. In June, the United States Supreme Court ruled that similar restrictions in Texas were unconstitutional as they create an undue burden for women who need access to safe, legal abortion.
In asking the court for immediate relief, Laura A. McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, and Mary M. Kogut, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, issued the following joint statement:
“Every day, there are countless Missourians who cannot afford the burdensome travel expenses and extended time it takes to seek safe, legal abortion in this state. Partisan lawmakers, not doctors, have used regulations to set up countless barriers and punish women as part of an extreme ideological attack on a constitutional right established four decades ago. We are asking the court to use their authority to strike down unconstitutional, medically unnecessary laws so Missourians can swiftly access safe and legal abortion across the state at more health centers in their own communities.”
Planned Parenthood is a vital resource for our community and for women and families throughout Kansas and Missouri. We are a trusted advocate and source of health care and education for thousands of women, men, and children. For 80 years, women have relied on Planned Parenthood to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.
December 12, 2016