‘The Most Dangerous Abortion Facility in America’ Under Fire, Resisting Looming Closure

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The fate of a Missouri abortion clinic denounced by the pro-life group Operation Rescue as “the most dangerous abortion facility in America” was in a judge’s hands Friday after state officials refused to back down in their demands that the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis conform to state regulations or stop providing abortions. Planned Parenthood’s license to operate the clinic expires at midnight Friday. Without a renewal the state has refused to provide, the clinic can no longer perform abortions. As the case has neared its climax, Planned Parenthood officials have painted the state as trying to deprive Missouri residents of abortion access assured by the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, because if the facility closes, Missouri would not have any clinics that provide abortions. However, Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the issue is the heath and safety of the women who go to the clinic. Gov. Mike Parson


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