Missouri’s only abortion clinic is fighting to keep its license. And if that’s not renewed, Missouri will become the first state in the nation in more than 45 years not to offer abortion.
This Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis is the last abortion clinic in all of Missouri.
If it shuts down on Friday, Missouri would be the only state in the country without any abortion clinics since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
“If Planned Parenthood can show they’re abiding by the laws and regulations here in the state of Missouri, they should have every right under the law to have their license renewed and continue to provide patient services. But they should not receive any exceptions simply because they’re one clinic,” said Gov. Mike Parson.
A court hearing is being held today on whether to block the state from revoking the clinic’s license which expires tomorrow.
Planned Parenthood is accusing the state of unlawfully refusing to renew the St. Louis clinic’s license over demands to interview physicians for the investigation. But the clinic said not all doctors are their employees so they could not compel them to do anything.
Last week, Governor Parson signed into law a measure banning abortion in the state after the eighth week of pregnancy. Seven other states passed similar bills this year including Alabama, which now has the strictest abortion law in the country, banning all abortions in the state even in cases of rape and incest.
Four of those states — Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio — passed bills that prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Beatrice Torralba lives in Georgia.
“With the heartbeat bill, I’m excited, if the states are choosing to have their own voice and i applaud the governors that are choosing to have the courage to sign those bills even though they are being bullied to not sign it, with lawsuits with businesses backing out of the state, but they are taking a stand.”
Torralba who volunteers at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, believes that there are options and help for pregnant women other than choosing to have an abortion.
“Why I believe what I do, why I vote the way I do; all my action everything based on my moral standing, it boils down to my faith the Catholic faith. That we don’t believe in killing. That life begins in conception and ends naturally.”
Meanwhile, according to a recent Reuters/IPSOS poll, support for abortion rights among Americans has risen over the past year.
With 58 percent of Americans saying abortion should be legal in most or all cases, an increase of eight percentage points from a similar poll in July 2018.