ST. LOUIS – Missouri’s health department is “refusing to renew” Planned Parenthood’s license that permits the organization to provide abortions in the state.
According to a soon to be released Planned Parenthood statement, CBS News reported that the last remaining abortion clinic located in Missouri expects to close its doors this week, unless its license is renewed by May 31.
In the event that the clinic closes, Missouri will be the first state without an abortion clinic since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973.
While Planned Parenthood will still be able to provide non-abortion health services if their license is not renewed, the organization said in that event, they plan to sue the state, “in order to try to keep serving Missouri women,” according to the CBS News report.
“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Wen did not comment on the tremendous public health victory that the clinic’s closing would represent for the unborn children of Missouri.
Arkansas has two Planned Parenthood locations that perform abortions located at 5921 W. 12th Street Suite C in Little Rock and 3729 North Crossover St. in Fayetteville.