The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a court case involving Texas abortion clinic law, which is similar to Missouri’s. The court found that the Texas law’s requirements that abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and for clinics to meet the standards of an outpatient surgical center aren’t medically necessary.
Planned Parenthood President and CEO Laura McQuade says Monday’s ruling is the most important court decision facing reproductive health access in more than 20 years.
“These laws dramatically impact access to services. They dramatically impact both Planned Parenthood’s and independent providers’ ability to provide access to safe and legal abortion in the state of Missouri,” said McQuade.
She’s not sure if Planned Parenthood will make a legal argument to invalidate Missouri’s abortion clinic regulations. McQuade hopes to have that answer in the coming days.
The Columbia Planned Parenthood facility has not been able to perform abortions since December 1, 2015. The University of Missouri-Columbia ended those hospital privileges for the clinic’s physician who was able to provide abortions, Dr. Colleen McNicholas.
Pro-life supporters, including Missouri Right to Life spokesperson Susan Klein, decried the ruling.
“Basically today the court ruled today on a political agenda rather than ruling on the protection of women’s health. It’s not going to change what we do. We are going to continue to pass pro-life laws that save babies and protect women,” said Klein.
Klein also says the organization’s lawyers will try and determine if there are any legal avenues to allow Missouri’s abortion clinic laws to stand.