Judge upholds Missouri law regulating chemical abortionsBy Dave Andrusko
NRL News Today - June 12, 2018
In April when we last reported on Missouri’s law governing chemical abortions, U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips had just heard testimony in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. They sought to block enforcement of a regulation requiring that abortion providers performing chemical abortions have two Ob-Gyns on call 24/7 who have admitting privileges. The affiliates maintained they were unable to find an OB/GYN who possessed those admitting privileges who would work with them.
Today Judge Phillips declined to block the regulation issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in October 2017 because the Planned Parenthood affiliates had not shown that the regulation “is a substantial burden to a large fraction of women seeking a medication abortion.”
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