Federal judge blocks Planned Parenthood abortions under Missouri physician hospital admittance requirement

Pearl Mccarthy
March 1, 2019

U.S. Western District Court Judge Brian Wimes ruled that Planned Parenthood had not proven their argument that the rule constitutes an "undue burden" on a woman's constitutional right to abortion. Here in Port Angeles, there is a Planned Parenthood located on East 8th Street in downtown.

The clinic filed a motion in December asking for an exemption from that requirement so that it could resume abortions.

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in NY on August 31, 2015.

In Connecticut, at least 38,000 patients rely on that federal funding for access to services such as cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control.

"The record does not provide a basis in evidence to approximate the number of women who will forego or postpone surgical abortion incidental to the inoperability of the Columbia Facility", he said. It also would rescind previous regulations that require providers to give women with unintended pregnancies "nondirective" counseling about all their options. In that year, less than 4 percent of the services provided at the clinic were abortions, the staff said.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a parallel Reagan-era rule, calling into question whether a legal challenge would stand up now.

"The finalized "protect life rule" draws a bright line between abortion and family planning programs", he said. Released by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), the revision would prohibit those clinics from referring women to other clinics to get abortions.

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It also violates the Administrative Procedures Act by contradicting Title X regulations without sufficient justification, and it violates doctors' right to free speech and women's right to an abortion under Roe v. Wade, he alleged.

St. Louis has the only Missouri clinic able to provide abortions. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the changes will exacerbate the already serious problem of women - especially low-income rural women - not being having access to the health care they need.

Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, which is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. The rule, published as a proposal in June, requires "clear financial and physical separation" between Title X programs and non-Title X programs in which abortion is promoted as a method of family planning. The program costs taxpayers over $280 million in 2017.

"Title X funded health centers are frequently the only source of health care accessible for low-income, poor and uninsured women, men and teens", Alifante added.

This month, the Trump administration released its revised Final Rule on the regulations governing Title X. The Rule, according to the document released February 22 by the Department of Health and Human Services, will "require Title X providers to maintain physical and financial separation from locations which provide abortion as a method of family planning".

Up until January 22 of this year, in New York State, late term abortions (anything after 20 weeks of gestation) were illegal, and a considerably unorthodox practice to many people.

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