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ST. LOUIS, MO - Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region (RHS) announced they expect the state health department to block services at the state’s last remaining health center that provides abortion in just three days.

Statement from Dr. Brandon J. Hill, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Great Plains:

Women seeking abortion services in Missouri already face tremendous burdens — having to travel hundreds of miles, twice, to access care. The state’s hostile political environment and medically unnecessary abortion restrictions have already forced the end of abortion services in mid-Missouri, and we are deeply concerned that, very soon, abortion may be inaccessible for women in our state.

"Let us be crystal clear for any patients experiencing uncertainty as a result of the state’s relentless attempts to push health care out of reach: Planned Parenthood’s doors are open, we continue to provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health services in communities across Missouri, and we are here to help patients navigate all options even if that means traveling to another state until abortion services resume in Missouri.

"Abortion is safe and constitutionally protected health care. People in all corners of our state should be profoundly troubled by the extreme and dangerous agenda that politicians are pushing in Missouri.

To learn more, visit PPFA’s website.

About Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP)

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) has provided access to sexual and reproductive health care to women, men, and families since 1935. PPGP currently operates eleven health centers serving more than 75,000 women, men and teens each year in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. PPGP provides community education in its major population centers and has an active public policy program in all four states.