ST. LOUIS, MO — Yesterday, The Circuit Court of St. Louis granted Missouri’s last abortion clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region a preliminary injunction, allowing the clinic to continue providing safe, legal abortion — for now. The decision will remain in effect until the court issues another ruling. The judge has also required that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reach a decision on the clinic’s license by June 21, 2019.
Following the news of this temporary victory, Mallory Schwarz, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, issues the following statement:
“Today is a victory for Missourians across the state who are still able to access safe, legal abortion — for now. But the threat to reproductive freedom in Missouri remains real and immediate.”
“Governor Parson and the anti-choice movement have proven to us that they will continue to fight to restrict access to reproductive healthcare whether it be through legislative attacks or this move to weaponize the licensure process. They have only one goal: to send Missouri to the forefront of a political race to criminalize abortion and shame those who have abortions.”
“But access to critical reproductive healthcare services should never be dependent on the whim of politicians or state health department officials. NARAL pro-choice Missouri will continue to fight back against attacks on every person’s right to make decisions about their own body, life and future. We stand in solidarity with Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and remain hopeful that the Missouri Department of Health will renew the clinic’s license and refrain from implementing any more medically unnecessary restrictions on women’s access to healthcare.”