ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — By the end of this week, Missouri might be the first state without an operating abortion clinic since 1973.
Planned Parenthood said the Missouri Department of Health is “refusing to renew” its yearly license to administer abortions within the state, according to CBS News. The dispute centers on whether seven physicians at Planned Parenthood, located on Forest Park Avenue in St. Louis, will agree to an interview with the state health department over alleged deficiencies involving the clinic.
KMOX's Kevin Killeen reports, five of the seven are refusing to go to the interview.
Leaders of Planned Parenthood said Tuesday that the lawsuit seeks a restraining order that would prevent the state from closing the clinic in St. Louis.
State officials have not returned several messages seeking comment.
Dr. Erin King continued, "Hope Clinic for Women has been providing abortion care for the past 45 years, in Granite City, Illinois, and we will continue to be one option for Missouri patients, as we always have. While the state of Missouri is waging a war against its abortion services and providers, the Hope Clinic remains committed to the patients of Missouri."
Missouri is among half a dozen states that have passed sweeping anti-abortion measures. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill Friday banning abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.