Following federal judge’s order, Planned Parenthood to offer chemical abortions in Kansas City, Missouri

AG Hawley appealing Judge Sach’s decision

By Dave Andrusko

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs Photo courtesy U.S. District Court.

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs
Photo courtesy U.S. District Court.

In mid-April U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs blocked two Missouri laws– one requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the other requiring abortion clinics to meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers. Quickly thereafter Judge Sachs issued an order directing abortion clinic license applications “to be processed promptly, in light of patient needs, and without effective influence from opponents of abortion.”

Although Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has appealed the decision, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services was left with no option: it has issued a license to the Midtown Kansas City health center which will soon be offering chemical (RU-486) abortions. According to a statement from Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, abortion “services” also are expected to be restored at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Missouri, in the “coming days.”

“We are thrilled to announce that Missouri women can now access safe and legal abortion services at our midtown (Kansas City) health center,” Aaron Samulcek, interim president and CEO of the local Planned Parenthood chapter, said in a statement.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

Prior to all this, Missouri had only one abortion clinic–Planned Parenthood in St. Louis–which performs both surgical and chemical abortions.

“Planned Parenthood will soon begin killing more babies in their Kansas City abortion facility and has vowed to open other baby-killer clinics in Columbia, Springfield and Joplin,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life, in a statement issued Monday. Rupp added

The blame for this lies at the feet of activist, pro-abortion judges appointed by past administrations. Retired Federal Judge Howard Sachs was appointed to the Western District Court in Kansas City by pro-abortion President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 25, 1979. He achieved retirement status in 1992 and takes a limited number of cases.

Today we are reaping the consequences to past elections of pro-abortion leaders and appointments of pro-abortion judges. Judge Sachs ruled that our Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services issue new abortion clinic licenses or be held in contempt of court.

Rupp’s statement also alluded to SB5, which was passed in the recent Special Session of the legislature. As we reported, Gov. Eric Greitens signed this wide-ranging pro-life measure into law on July 26.

Rupp noted that although SB “could not stop these abortion clinics from opening, the provisions of SB 5 will serve to give more oversight and regulation on any abortion clinic in Missouri. We praise Governor Greitens and President Trump for their commitment to life.”

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