Despite the passage of SB5, with this ruling, the courts have opened the doors for Planned Parenthood to begin abortions in their Kansas City and Columbia abortion facilities with Springfield and Joplin to follow.

This past summer a special pro-life session of the Missouri General Assembly was called. SB5 was passed and signed into law. This legislation will require annual clinic inspection of abortion facilities, demand accountability for baby body parts from abortion, provide whistleblower protection for abortion clinic employees, and give protection to Missouri Pregnancy Resource Centers, Maternity Homes and Religious Communities from being forced to participate in abortion.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, Oct. 2 reversed its decision and now prevents the requirement that abortion doctors have hospital privileges within 30 miles of where abortions are taking place and prevents the requirement that abortion facilities have the same standards as other ambulatory surgery centers. Despite the passage of SB5, with this ruling, the courts have opened the doors for Planned Parenthood to begin abortions in their Kansas City and Columbia abortion facilities with Springfield and Joplin to follow. The regulations in SB 5 took effect on Oct. 24 and are needed now more than ever with the 8th Circuit Court’s pro-abortion ruling. 

— Geri Graves, Hannibal