The law, which was scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, would put more abortion clinics under state supervision by categorizing them as outpatient surgery centers, requiring them to meet specific state building, staffing and health standards. The law would apply to any facility that performs more than five first-trimester abortions a month, or any second- or third-trimester abortions.
Planned Parenthood argued the organization would have to halt abortions at its Columbia and Kansas City offices – either permanently or while expensive and “medically unnecessary” renovations were made.
It is temporary ruling and will be decided at a later date. The ED of the local Planned Parenthood was pleased with the ruling. It didn’t appear to me that the judge was explicitly pro-choice or wanted to protect the right of women, but more confused about how the ruling would play out between surgical and non-surgical reproductive health clinics. But maybe I am reading to much into it. The Health Dept of Missouri is not giving up. It amazes me despite evidence that medicine-induced abortions are safe and effective, people are still fighting it.