Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Missouri again because the law requires anyone who administrates abortion pills to contract with a doctor who can admit women to a hospital in the case of emergency during the medical abortion.
The abortion giant filed its lawsuit in Kansas City on Monday, alleging the requirement to contract with an obstetrician-gynecologist is unconstitutional, according to the The Associated Press. The OB-GYN must be available at all times to address medical emergencies during the abortion.
Missouri’s new law “is the latest in a series of medically unnecessary requirements imposed by the State, which will, without basis, limit women’s access to an extremely safe procedure using medications alone,” Planned Parenthood Great Plains claims in the lawsuit.
“The Missouri Complications Plan Requirement for medication abortions is a commonsense regulation that ensures women have access to adequate care in medical emergencies. My office will continue to vigorously defend these regulations,” Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, said in response to the suit, The AP reported.
Planned Parenthood already filed another lawsuit Oct. 10 against the state of Missouri alleging the state’s abortion laws are unconstitutional and restrict access to medication abortions. The state’s law requires abortion providers inform women on the risks of abortion three days prior to the procedure, according to The Associated Press. (Related: Satanists Take Abortion Law To Missouri Supreme Court).
These lawsuits follow a previous legal fight for their clinics to not meet state standards as outpatient surgical centers, according to The Kansas City Star. planned Parenthood won licensing this year for four more clinics.
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