Missouri could become America’s first-ever abortion-free state this week.
Missouri’s health department is “refusing to renew” Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in the state, according to the abortion provider.
Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, sounded the alarm in a statement.
"This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis," she said.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, confirmed to CBS News that Planned Parenthood's license was "under review.” However, officials did not say whether the license was being rejected.
Planned Parenthood already announced that it plans to sue Missouri in an attempt to continue providing abortions in the state.
“On May 20, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services notified Planned Parenthood of three issues that could impact license renewal, according to documents reviewed by CBS News and provided by Planned Parenthood,” CBS News reported. “On May 22, Planned Parenthood said it would address two of them: adjusting who at the clinic provided the state-mandated counseling and adding an additional pelvic exam for abortion patients.”
The report continued: “But it said a third request was out of its control. According to Planned Parenthood, the health department said it was investigating "deficient practices," and needed to interview seven physicians who provide care at the clinic. Planned Parenthood said it could offer interviews only with two who are its employees. The other five physicians working at the facility are residents in training and not employed by Planned Parenthood, a spokesperson for the clinic said via email on Tuesday. The state has indicated that the result of those interviews could be ‘board review’ in addition to ‘criminal proceedings,’ the spokesperson said. The medical residents declined to be interviewed for the state's investigation.”
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