The Last Abortion Clinic In Missouri Wins Temporary Restraining Order Until June 4

on May 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: A sign hangs above a Planned Parenthood clinic on May 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Trump administration is expected to announce a plan for massive funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and o... CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: A sign hangs above a Planned Parenthood clinic on May 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Trump administration is expected to announce a plan for massive funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and other taxpayer-backed abortion providers by reinstating a Reagan-era rule that prohibits federal funding from going to clinics that discuss abortion with women or that share space with abortion providers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 31, 2019 2:45 p.m.

A federal judge in Missouri has granted a restraining order allowing Planned Parenthood, the sole abortion provider in the state, to stay open until at least June 4.

Planned Parenthood had sued the state for withholding the clinic’s license renewal. If the clinic is forced to shutter, Missouri would become the first state without any abortion providers since the Roe v. Wade ruling was handed down 45 years ago.

The Missouri health department is maintaining that the license will not be renewed unless all the doctors who practice at the clinic submit to questioning. Planned Parenthood has countered that some of those doctors only provide services there and are not in its employ, so they can’t be forced to comply.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson jumped aboard the band wagon after signing an eight-week abortion ban into law last week, insisting that the clinic had committed many “violations,” though he declined to elaborate.

The next hearing in the case is set for Tuesday. In the meantime, the clinic can continue operating.

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