Missouri's last remaining abortion clinic to stay open after judge steps in

Missouri's last remaining abortion clinic to stay open after judge steps in
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    A St. Louis circuit judge just granted Planned Parenthood a restraining order against the state, allowing the abortion clinic to continue operating even after state health officials had refused to renew the clinic's license. Had the license lapsed, the clinic would have been forced to stop providing the procedure, effectively ending legal abortion in the state. Missouri would have become the first state to not have a legal abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tweeted about the ruling: "This is a victory for women across Missouri, but this fight is far from over. We have seen just how vulnerable access to abortion care is in Missouri—and in the rest of the country. We'll keep fighting these attempts to end access to healthcare—no matter what." The ruling comes just days after Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a bill into law that would ban abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. The law, which would go into effect in August, makes performing an abortion a felony, punishable up up to 15 years in prison. Missouri is one of six states to pass similar laws this year, although none have taken effect yet. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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