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Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open—For Now

June 28, 2019, 5:39 PM

The lone abortion clinic in Missouri was on the brink of losing its license, until a state administrative commission paused its denial within hours of a court deadline.

On June 28 the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission granted a “stay” of the Department of Health and Senior Services license denial to Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic. The clinic was set to lose its ability to perform abortions by 5 p.m. that day without the commission’s intervention.

Missouri was roughly five hours away from becoming the first state since 1974 where women would not have access to abortion. There are five other ...