Abortions End at Columbia Planned Parenthood Clinic

On Tuesday, October 2, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Wimes declined to issue a restraining order blocking a state law requiring doctors to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions. This followed an U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on September 5 that ended a preliminary injunction blocking the Missouri rules and sent the case back to the lower court. Planned Parenthood’s Columbia facility must stop performing abortions, as its only abortion physician does not have local hospital privileges.

In addition, the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortion license expired Tuesday, October 2. This comes after inspections of the abortion clinic by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) that noted numerous deficiencies.  The August 14 inspection found rust on cabinets of suction machines, a hose on a machine that appeared to have mold inside, and another hose with residue that appeared to be bodily fluids. DHSS officials conducted a follow-up inspection on September 26.  The officials indicated that deficiencies noted on the August 14 inspection were still not corrected by the September 26 inspection. 

The Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis is now the only facility in Missouri conducting abortions.