The Latest: Missouri abortion clinic asks for stay
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a dispute between the Missouri state health department and a St. Louis clinic over the clinic’s license to perform abortions (all times local):
Missouri’s only abortion clinic is asking a state administrative panel to intervene before its license to perform abortions expires Friday.
The St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate on Tuesday asked the Administrative Hearing Commission to act to ensure abortions can continue at the clinic. A court order temporarily protecting the procedure will expire Friday.
The request comes as a legal fight with the state over the clinic’s license plays out.
The health department on Friday declined to renew the clinic’s license. Concerns included three “failed abortions” that required additional surgeries, and another that the agency said led to life-threatening complications.
Clinic leaders say the license fight is part of an effort by an anti-abortion administration to eliminate the procedure.
A hearing on the clinic’s license is scheduled for Aug. 1 in St. Louis.
Missouri’s only abortion clinic has officially taken a legal fight over its license to a state administrative panel.
The St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate on Monday filed a complaint against the health department with Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission. The panel handles disputes between state agencies and businesses.
Abortions at the clinic could end if the commission does not act before a court order protecting the procedure expires Friday. A hearing has not yet been set.
Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi is handling the case. He was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
The health department on Friday declined to renew the clinic’s license to perform abortions. Clinic leaders say the license fight is part of an effort by an anti-abortion administration to eliminate the procedure.