Planned Parenthood will perform abortions at more clinics in Missouri after judge halts new law

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Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri told the Kansas City Star on Wednesday that they will expand abortion services to more clinics after a judge halted a state law regulating the procedure.

According to the Star, the law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. The United States Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas last year.

Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri said that they will perform abortions at four more clinics as a result of the judge’s decision. The clinics will reportedly be in Kansas City, Columbia, Joplin and Springfield.

Laura McQuade and Mary Kogut, spokespersons for the two affiliates, said in a joint statement that “we are excited to end Missouri’s shameful one-provider status, and soon be offering four more locations where women can access safe, legal abortion without facing geographical obstacles.”

“We are proud to say this is a step forward in ensuring abortion is more than a right in name only,” they said.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, said in a statement provided to the Star that he will challenge the decision.

“Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion,” Hawley said. “This decision was wrong. I will appeal.”

“Missouri has an obligation to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of women undergoing medical procedures in state licensed medical facilities,” he added.