Planned Parenthood Sues to Overturn Missouri Abortion Restrictions

This week Missouri’s two Planned Parenthood affiliates filed suit in federal court to overturn the state’s abortion restrictions. The lawsuit was an anticipated response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer that struck down restrictive abortion laws in Texas.

Missouri Catholic Conference Executive Director Mike Hoey said this about the lawsuit: “We are not surprised by this lawsuit, but are hopeful that Missouri law will in fact be upheld because of it’s distiction from Texas law. The MCC will continue to support pro-life legislation in the coming session as it has for the past 50 years.”

Missouri law requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and to physically upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. These requirements were put in place as a safety measure to protect the women who seek services at abortion clinics. Missouri was the first state in the nation to enact such regulations after Roe v Wade. Currently Planned Parenthood’s clinic in St. Louis is the only abortion provider in Missouri.

While it will take time for this lawsuit to play out in the courts, pro-life supporters can take comfort in knowing that many of the state’s lawmakers and elected officials are opposed to abortion and will work to protect the pro-life laws along with the Missouri Catholic Conference. The Respect Life Apsotolate in St. Louis issued this statement regarding the lawsuit. Read more about this news in this St. Louis Post Dispatch article.