Planned Parenthood claims a win in its ongoing legal challenge to a part of HB 1055 , Missouri’s newest abortion law that calls for stricter regulation of abortion clinics. A federal judge has granted the group its preliminary injunction request.
Peter Brownlee, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, says the ruling allows Planned Parenthood to continue providing abortion services at clinics in Columbia and in mid-town Kansas City.
Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) and other supporters of the law insist the stricter requirements have to do with women’s safety. Brownlee claims the main purpose of the law is to stand in the way of women obtaining abortion services.
U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith wants to hear from Planned Parenthood and the Missouri Department of Health in the next 30 days as to how to proceed with this case.