Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenges Missouri abortion laws

     (AP) – Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri are asking a

federal judge to prevent the state from enforcing two laws that they say

restrict access to abortion.

     The affiliates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging requirements that

abortion clinics meet standards for surgical centers and that their doctors have

privileges in nearby hospitals.

     Planned Parenthood affiliates in North Carolina and Alaska also filed lawsuits

Wednesday against laws impacting abortion in their states.

     Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said the

laws are similar to abortion restrictions in Texas that the U.S. Supreme Court

ruled in June were unconstitutional and medically unnecessary.

     The Missouri lawsuit asks for an injunction to prevent the state from

enforcing the requirements and a judgment that both laws are unconstitutional.


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