Hearing set as Planned Parenthood challenges MO law supposed to take effect next week

The Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia. (File).

Less than a week before abortion laws established in Missouri's special legislative session take effect, Planned Parenthood is challenging one of them in Jackson County Court.

Online court records show a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Missouri's Planned Parenthood affiliates along with the ACLU filed the suit requesting a temporary restraining order against state Attorney General, Josh Hawley.

Part of the new law Planned Parenthood takes issue with involves requiring abortion doctors to give patients pre-abortion counseling. Current law allows any other qualified healthcare professional to provide the service.

The lawsuit comes as Planned Parenthood expands abortion access in the state following a federal judge's ruling some of Missouri's abortion laws are unconstitutional. The federal court made way for the organization to acquire abortion licenses for its facilities in Kansas City and Columbia. For nearly two years, Missouri's only abortion provider was in Saint Louis.

Planned Parenthood officials have said the laws set to take effect October 24th would cause extreme delays. They said women could experience delays for abortion services up to three to four weeks.

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