Kansas City Federal District Judge Howard Sachs has granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing two pro-life provisions intended to protect the life and health of women seeking an abortion. The first requires abortion doctors to have clinical privileges at a nearby hospital, so that they can provide treatment in the event of an emergency. The second requires abortion clinics to be constructed in such a way as to allow gurneys to be brought into the procedure room in the event of a complication, among other structural requirements.
Judge Sachs also denied the state’s request for a stay of the order pending an appeal of the matter to the Federal Appellate Court. The upshot is that Planned Parenthood will now seek licenses to open clinics in Columbia, Springfield, Kansas City, and Joplin. They hope to begin performing abortions in these clinics as early as July 1st. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has indicated he will now seek a stay of this order from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more on this story here.