COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A Planned Parenthood chapter has filed a federal lawsuit against the acting director of Missouri’s health department to block the agency from revoking the abortion license for the group’s Columbia clinic.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri sued Monday, seeking an injunction to preserve the Columbia clinic’s abortion facility license from the state Department of Health and Senior Services.
The lawsuit said the department planned to revoke the license Monday evening.
The Columbia clinic last week stopped non-surgical abortions induced with a pill because physician Colleen McNicholas no longer has privileges with the University of Missouri Health Care system. The system’s medical staff voted to discontinue the type of privileges McNicholas held amid a legislative investigation of abortion.
Missouri now has only one clinic in St. Louis offering abortions.