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Planned Parenthood requests U.S. Supreme Court intervene on Missouri abortion laws

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri announced Friday they requested the United States Supreme Court to intervene on state abortion laws. (File)

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri announced Friday they requested the United States Supreme Court to intervene on state abortion laws.

The announcement comes a week after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a preliminary injunction. The injunction would have allowed Planned Parenthood Great Plains to expand abortion services to its facility in Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin. This spring, a federal judge blocked state abortion laws ruled unconstitutional last year in Texas.

The court put a hold on the expansion of services as it was set to consider Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's appeal of the federal judge's order.

"The Attorney General’s Office will continue to defend Missouri's commonsense regulations protecting women's health in the United States Supreme Court, " Loree Anne Paradise, a spokesperson at of the Attorney General's Office said.

The laws in question, which the U. S. Supreme court already ruled unconstitutional in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, include requiring abortion facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and requiring abortion doctors to have nearby hospital privileges.

"These laws were crafted by ideologically extreme politicians, not doctors," said Planned Parenthood Great Plains Interim President Aaron Samulcek in a statement Friday. "We all want to protect patient safety, and admitting privilege and ASC requirements do just the opposite."


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