Judge says Missouri’s only abortion clinic can remain open

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A judge in St. Louis has issued another order allowing
Missouri’s only abortion clinic to continue operating.

Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer on Monday granted Planned Parenthood’s request
for a preliminary injunction, which extends his temporary restraining order
prohibiting Missouri from allowing the St. Louis clinic’s license to lapse.

Stelzer also ordered the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to
decide by June 21 whether the clinic’s license should be renewed. The agency
declined to renew the license to provide abortions, citing concerns about
patient safety.

Clinic leaders said the state’s move is part of an effort by an anti-abortion
administration to eliminate the procedure in Missouri.

Monday’s ruling protects the clinic throughout the ongoing court challenge.

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