Missouri Down to One Abortion Business After Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions in Columbia; On Hold Until End of 2015

UPDATE: On hold due to injunction until 31 December 2015 A Missouri Planned Parenthood stopped doing abortions Monday [23 Nov 15], leaving just one abortion site in the state. The move came after Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who did abortions at the Planned Parenthood business in Columbia, lost her “refer and follow” hospital admitting privileges at the University of Missouri Health Care, according to the Columbia Tribune. Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/24/moms-heartbreaking-pictures-of-baby-miscarried-at-16-weeks-show-humanity-of-unborn-children/   Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions at Missouri’s Second-to-Last Abortion Facility Hospital admitting privilege requirements have led to a Columbia Planned Parenthood ending its surgical abortion services, leaving the state of Missouri with just one abortion facility. In September, a University of Missouri Health Care panel voted to cease offering “refer and follow” privileges (which allow doctors to only refer patients but leave patient care to the hospital’s doctors), which were how Planned Parenthood initially obtained the credentials to perform abortions in the state. The decision would render the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortionist ineligible for privileges that satisfy state law, effective December 1, leading to Planned Parenthood’s closure. Now the state’s last abortion facility will be a Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. The change was partially inspired by ongoing scandal over Planned Parenthood’s sale of organs from aborted babies, though state investigators did not find evidence the Missouri Planned Parenthood affiliate was involved in the organ harvesting business. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri CEO, Laura McQuade, said her organization will attempt to pressure the University of Missouri into reversing its decision, and has expressed hope that the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming hearing of similar laws in Texas...