The last Planned Parenthood in the state of Missouri is expected to close its doors sometime this week. The closing of the last remaining Planned Parenthood office is expected to end legal abortions in the state.
Dr. Leana Wen, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America released the following statement on their web site:
“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis. This week, Missouri would be the first state in the country to go dark—without a health center that provides safe, legal abortion care. More than a million women of reproductive age in Missouri will no longer have access to a health center in the state they live in that provides abortion care.
“This is the world that the Trump administration and Republican public officials across the country have been pushing for—a world where abortion care is illegal and inaccessible in this country. These politicians are passing law after law to intimidate women—including laws that would allow women to be investigated for miscarriages—and criminalize doctors—including the law just signed in Alabama that could impose a life sentence on doctors. Missouri’s governor just signed an extreme ban into law, but he is not waiting until the law goes into effect: his administration is ending access to safe, legal abortion care. Planned Parenthood will not stand for this. We are filing a lawsuit today against the state of Missouri. We want our patients to know that we will never abandon the women of Missouri. We will help you to get the care that you need—no matter what.” ,
Governor Mike Parson seems to be making good on his word when he said he would like to make Missouri the most “pro-life state in the country” after signing legislation last week. that criminalizes abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy .
According to CBS News, Lisa Cox, spokesperson for The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said the clinic’s license was up for review but didn’t answer any additional questions. It is important to note that while Missouri is effectively ending legal abortion in the state, that reproductive services will still be accessible to women in the state.
There seems to be something in the water in Missouri that’s different than most of the country which seems to make it a perfect breeding ground for people passionate about defending life and liberty.