A Missouri Planned Parenthood affiliate has announced they will begin providing abortions later this month at locations in Kansas City and Columbia as a result of a federal judge’s actions earlier this year.Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains will be reopening abortion mills on Providence Road in Columbia and at the Patty Brous Center on Emmanuel Cleaver Boulevard in Kansas City. It is expected that both facilities will begin their operations by offering chemical abortions to pregnant women.The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued an operating license for the Kansas City clinic in late August. It is expected that the license for the Columbia clinic will be issued within the next week. In recent years, the state of Missouri has had only one continuously operating full-time abortion clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in the City of St. Louis.
The actions by officials at DHSS comes in response to a court order by liberal U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs to “promptly” process abortion clinic license applications for the Kansas City and Columbia abortion mills, along with license applications for abortion clinics in Springfield and Joplin to be operated by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region.The judicial order by Judge Sachs followed a preliminary injunction he issued in April blocking enforcement of key sections of Missouri law regulating the medical practices of abortion clinics. One provision enjoined by Sachs required that abortion facilities meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers. The other provision mandated that abortionists have clinical privileges at a hospital located in the community.
Judge Sachs stated in his ruling that these health and safety regulations were “arbitrary,” and that “the abortion rights of women are being denied on a daily basis in irreparable fashion.” The decision by Judge Sachs was inevitable in light of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the summer of last year striking down similar abortion regulations in Texas.
In that decision, known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the High Court ruled that the ambulatory surgical and clinical privileges requirements were “unnecessary health regulations.” In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the stipulations of the statutes “presented a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion,” and were thus unconstitutional.The sections of Missouri abortion law enjoined by Judge Sachs were adopted by the Missouri Legislature in 1986, and were initiated and sponsored by yours truly while serving as a state representative. The law stipulated that abortion facilities operated “primarily for the purpose of performing surgical procedures” must be licensed and regulated as outpatient surgery centers.
The scope of the Missouri law was expanded in 2007 to include any facility performing five or more abortions per month. The purpose of applying ambulatory surgical center standards to abortion clinics was to prevent “back-alley abortionists” with no advanced obstetric training from performing shoddy abortions in facilities with untrained staff and unsanitary equipment.The other key requirement of the 1986 Missouri statute was that doctors performing abortions have surgical privileges in at least one licensed hospital in the community. The purpose of the hospital privileges regulation was to ensure that women suffering complications from botched abortions could receive emergency care in an acute care setting from the operating physician, namely the abortionist.
Officials at Planned Parenthood say they are “thrilled” to resume offering “safe, legal” abortions at an expanded number of facilities across the state. Yet legal briefs filed with Judge Sachs by Planned Parenthood attorneys make clear that safety is the last thing on their mind. In those briefs, Planned Parenthood argued that “surgical abortion is not a sterile procedure,” and thus it is not necessary to maintain a “sterile operating environment.”Thanks to the dictates of pro-abortion federal judges, the profiteers at Planned Parenthood will now be able to implement once again their cavalier and reckless “fly-by, drive-by” abortion business scheme. Under this nonprofessional practice, abortionists fly into or drive into distant communities, kill unborn children in assembly-line fashion, and then fly or drive out of town to their next staging area for serial murder.
These vagabond abortionists have no medical credentials or affiliation with any legitimate health care facilities in the community. They carry out their lucrative bloody business as traveling agents for the Planned Parenthood network, and then flee town, leaving wounded women behind for local medical authorities to care for. Abortion advocates like to claim that the choice to obtain an abortion should be a decision “between a woman, her doctor, and her God.” Yet these itinerant abortionists have absolutely no physician-patient relationship with the women whose life and health they are endangering. In most cases, the women have never met or seen the abortionist until they are laying on the operating table.
As a result of a new pro-life law enacted by the Missouri Legislature during its recent special session, abortionists will now have to establish at least a semblance of a physician-patient relationship with a woman seeking an abortion. Under changes adopted to Missouri’s informed consent statute, the abortionist will have to meet with the woman 72 hours before the procedure to explain the “immediate and long-term medical risks” of the abortion procedure. Under previous law, that information could be provided by a “qualified professional,” which could be a nurse, psychologist, counselor, or social worker. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is appealing the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Sachs to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. However, even if the appeals court were to issue a stay of the injunction until a trial occurs on the merits of the litigation filed against the law by Planned Parenthood, it is now extremely unlikely that a decision would be rendered in support of the state’s health and safety standards for abortion clinics.