Judge’s injunction allows last Missouri abortion clinic to continue performing abortions

By Dave Andrusko

As you would imagine, Planned Parenthood portrayed itself as a martyr. But the simple fact is “Today the state of Missouri declined to reissue the license for the St. Louis Planned Parenthood,” said Susan Klein, executive director of Missouri Right to Life. “This action was due to a number of infractions and violations discovered in inspections done pursuant to legislation passed in 2017.”

However in a battle that continues to rage, for the moment the clinic’s license remains in place because of Judge Michael Stelzer’s June 10 preliminary injunction preserving the license.

“Instead of hearing arguments over the license, the judge adjourned the hearing after confirming that the state had rejected the clinic’s renewal application,” according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The fate of the license rests with Stelzer, who said he would issue a ruling as soon as possible.”

That notwithstanding, Klein said, “Missouri Right to Life is relieved and grateful that Governor Parson’s administration, especially Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Department of Health and other statewide officials are doing all they can to protect the health and safety of Missouri women from an abortion clinic with multiple health violations.”

At the eleventh hour—Wednesday, to be specific—Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Bonyen Lee-Gilmore said it will no longer perform pelvic exams on patients 72 hours before abortions. They argued such exams are “deeply traumatizing and inhumane.”

Not so, said the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The information from a pelvic exam could influence the choice of the procedure or the method, which would change the information provided for informed consent,” DHHS said. “Because the information for informed consent must be provided at least 72 hours before the abortion, a pelvic examination must occur at that time.”

The bigger picture, of course, is the deficiencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic. “The actions of the Missouri Department of Health on the relicensing of the clinic is for this reason alone,” said Klein of Missouri Right to Life.

In addition to the deficiency reports, which Judge Michael Stelzer moved to seal from the public eye, no doubt due to the incriminating nature of those reports, over 70 emergency vehicles at the St Louis Planned Parenthood have been documented by the St. Louis Fire Department.

The necessary actions taken today by the Missouri Department of Health are caused by Planned Parenthood alone and results from their inability to give quality healthcare to the women that seek their services. They have refused to discuss those deficiencies with the Department of Health and one can only surmise that those deficiencies have not been resolved.

According to the Associated Press, in the now-sealed court filing, Health Department officials “cited concerns at the clinic, including that three ‘failed abortions’ required additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother.’”