A second facility in Missouri is about to offer abortions.
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region has been the only abortion provider in the state of Missouri, but Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri says in a media release, abortions will be performed at its facility in Columbia.
In a statement the organization writes, “In addition to the robust offering of family planning services already in place, an experienced physician will join the team of highly trained, compassionate health care professionals in Columbia to provide medication abortion services and restore abortion access in Mid-Missouri.”
“We are proud to support women making their own health care decisions by expanding reproductive health services in an area where women have faced extreme barriers for too long,” write Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
The Kansas & Mid-Missouri chapter also announced it is adding two accepted insurance providers: Coventry Health Care, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri. McQuade called those additions, “a sign of our commitment to our patients in Mid-Missouri and to those newly covered under the Affordable Care Act.”
The facility in Columbia stopped performing abortions in 2011 when its doctor was deployed with the military, and last year became unlicensed to perform abortions and began only offering abortion referrals.
Attempts to reach Planned Parenthood for additional comment were unsuccessful.