Missouri’s only abortion clinic can continue providing its services after a state judge on Monday granted the facility a preliminary injunction, CNN reports.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had not renewed the clinic's license, citing concerns with "failed abortions,” but Judge Michael Stelzer’s ruling in favor of the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, keeps the doors open until at least June 21.
The fight over the clinic's license comes as lawmakers in conservative states across the nation are passing new restrictions that take aim at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973s Roe v. Wade.
"Today's decision is a clear victory for our patients — and for people across Missouri — but the threat to safe, legal abortion in the state of Missouri and beyond is far from over," Dr. Leana Wen, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.
"We are in a state of emergency for women's health in America," the statement said. "In Missouri, and across the country, Planned Parenthood will do whatever it takes to combat the extreme, dangerous, and unconstitutional efforts by politicians to ban access to health care including safe, legal abortion. We will never stop fighting for our patients.”
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