The last abortion clinic in Missouri could close because its license has yet to be renewed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), which is concerned about 'deficiencies' at the facility and 'troubling instances and deviations from the standard care,' which has resulted in “serious patient harm,” said the department.
Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, announced Wednesday the opening of a new 18,000 square-foot clinic in southern Illinois. The facility described by media outlets as a 'mega-clinic' underwent construction in secret for more than a year to avoid protests and other delays.
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, the last abortion clinic in Missouri, will shut down on Friday following revocation of its medical license, after staff refused to cooperate with State Health inspectors over the clinic’s abortion practices.
Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama's governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. The Missouri bill needs another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for an earlier version Wednesday.