Missouri’s only abortion clinic on verge of shutdown this week, ending abortions in the state
The last abortion clinic serving the entire state of Missouri said Tuesday it may be shutting down this week, which would eliminate any legal abortions in the state.
Planned Parenthood said in astatementto CBS News that Missouri’s health department is “refusing to renew” its annual abortion license by May 31. If left to expire, it would be the first time a state has had no access to abortion since the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In a later email to CBS News, she added that this was a “chilling warning for all of us that we are in a public health crisis.”