Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is suing Planned Parenthood Great Plains, accusing the organization of transporting minors across state lines for abortions without parental consent.

In the suit, Bailey cites “secretly-recorded video” taken at a Planned Parenthood center, claiming that staff take minor girls from Missouri to Kansas “every day” without their parents’ permission to obtain abortions, and that they sometimes use altered doctor’s notes to remove them from school.

Bailey cites language in Missouri law that says “no person shall intentionally cause, aid, or assist a minor to obtain an abortion without consent.” Anyone who violates that law would be subject to civil lawsuits.

In response, Emily Wales, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, called the video “heavily doctored and edited” by “extreme anti-abortion actors” and called Bailey’s lawsuit “a press release dressed up as legal action from an unelected attorney general.”

“We will continue following state and federal laws and proudly providing Missourians with the compassionate sexual and reproductive care that remains available to them in a state with a total abortion ban,” Wales said.

The lawsuit is filed in Boone County Circuit Court.

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