Kansas City’s Great Plains Planned Parenthood received a license to reopen its abortion services and offer nonsurgical abortions Monday, following five years of not performing them.
The clinic will begin consultations in a week, and Planned Parenthood will also received a license to perform both surgical and medication abortions at its Columbia clinic, said Missouri Department of Health spokesperson, Sara O’Connor, according to U.S. News.
Abortion clinics were forced to close after Missouri law required they meet surgical outpatient center standards. The clinic returned after a judge stopped the state law. Currently only one clinic — in St. Louis — offers abortions in Missouri.
“We are thrilled to announce that Missouri women can now access safe and legal abortion services at our midtown [Kansas City] health center,” said the interim president and CEO of the local Planned Parenthood chapter, Aaron Samulcek.
Lawmakers, however, recently passed a law tightening abortion regulations and giving the attorney general the ability to prosecute violations, set to take effect on Oct. 24. It is unclear how these upcoming regulations will pair with the reopened abortion clinics, given that it was similar regulations. The Department of Health has been ordered to issue licenses for clinics in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and Joplin, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
“The department has to comply with the court order and the attorney general worked very hard to get a stay while they were appealing the case,” said the director of Campaign Life Missouri, Sam Lee. “I think the department’s hands are tied. They are sworn to uphold the law,” Lee added.
“We mark a hard-fought victory for Missourians who now have one more place to access safe, legal abortion in Midtown Kansas City,” Samulcek said according to The Kansas City Star.
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