Free to resume abortion procedures in Missouri, Planned Parenthood braces for protests

Bill Grady
September 12, 2017 - 6:45 am

Planned Parenthood scored a legal victory in Missouri, but now, there are other concerns. 

A preliminary federal injunction allows the Midtown Kansas City clinic to start performing  non-surgical abortions next week. 

Planned Parenthood announced Monday that it would offer the expanded abortion services after U.S. District Judge Harold Sachs earlier this year blocked two Missouri abortion restrictions. One restriction required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The other required abortion clinics to meet the physical specifications of ambulatory surgery centers.

Planned Parenthood, a longtime target of loud, and sometimes disruptive protests, is bracing for pushback from Pro Life advocates. 

"Security is Planned Parenthood's number one priority, when it comes to our patients' security and our staff safety," said Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, spokeswoman. "I don't think you could beef up security any more at all of our health centers."

Procedures are likely to resume at the Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic as well, but the injunction is not permanent, Lee-Gilmore said.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is asking the Eighth Circuit court for expedited action on the state's appeal of Judge Sachs' ruling.

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