By Dave Andrusko
Missouri Right to Life reported today that Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi “said Planned Parenthood demonstrated that it meets the requirements for renewal of its abortion facility license in St. Louis.”
The ruling “comes after months of review of testimony and legal briefings of a showdown between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the health care provider,” according to Kurt Erickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The state has 30 days to appeal. A “Planned Parenthood spokeswoman said the decision will mean the St. Louis clinic’s license is renewed through May 2021,” the Associated Press reported.
The verdict was a bitter pill for Missouri right to lifers to swallow,
“In a challenging time when we are all concerned about protecting the health and safety of our families, friends, co-workers and communities, a single commissioner makes a ruling to allow the killing of innocent little lives by an uncaring abortion industry business,” said Susan Klein, Executive Director of Missouri Right to Life. “Apparently protecting the health and safety of women and unborn children is not a priority for him or them.”
Klein added, “Missouri Right to Life will be reviewing the details of this decision in the coming week, but given what we know about the State’s strong case against Planned Parenthood, St Louis, we call upon our Attorney General to challenge this injustice.”
Erickson pointed out that “During the hearings, the lead state investigator acknowledged he did not have the type of medical training needed to make judgments on clinical issues at the facility.”
“I do not” have the acumen to make clinical judgments, said William Koebel. “I’m a regulator.”
Dandamudi allowed Planned Parenthood’s license to remain in effect during the standoff.
As NRL News Today has posted in multiple stories, contrary to Dandamudi assurances, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region had a track record that merited not having its license renewed.
“Planned Parenthood has lost their license due to their incompetence, and for no other reason,” Klein said. “The blame for the deficiencies and infractions at the Planned Parenthood abortion site in St. Louis can be laid specifically and only on those who operate that abortion facility. Women’s lives were put at risk and the law was broken at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. No one and no healthcare facility is above the law.