Missouri House Approves Annual Abortion Clinic Inspections

This week by a vote of 119-35, the Missouri House approved HB 190, sponsored by State Representative and former nurse Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), which would require the Missouri Department of Health to conduct annual inspections of all clinics in Missouri that perform abortions.

Current law allows the Department of Health to inspect these facilities, but it does not require it.  The only remaining abortion clinic in Missouri, located in St. Louis, was inspected by the Department of Health in 2013 and found to have expired medications and medical supplies, rusty equipment, and a lack of documentation of ongoing quality assurance activities.

House Bill 190 will now move to the Missouri Senate for further consideration.

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