Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Missouri Abortion Clinic Regulations; Rejects Planned Parenthood Suit | 9/11/2018 | Staff
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(Photo: Reuters/Ilana Panich-Linsman)Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center is seen following the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet basic health and safety standards, Austin, Texas, June 27, 2016.

A three judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that Missouri can enforce laws that hold abortion providers to the same standards as hospitals.

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In a decision released Monday, the panel vacated a lower court decision against Missouri's laws, which mandate that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges and that abortion clinics be regulated like ambulatory surgical centers.

Circuit Judge Bobby Shepherd, author of the panel opinion, wrote that citing "the Constitution to enjoin the laws of a state requires more than 'slight implication and vague conjecture.'"

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"At a minimum, it requires adequate information and correct application of the relevant standard," wrote Judge Shepherd.

"Because we conclude that the preliminary injunction in this case was entered based on less than adequate information and an insufficient regard for the relevant standard, we vacate the preliminary injunction and remand."



The lawsuit against the regulations had been filed by Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

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Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, denounced the decision in a statement released Monday.

"Look no farther than Missouri to see what kind of harm courts can inflict on women's rights and freedoms," stated Laguens, as quoted by The Hill.

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"Despite a Supreme Court ruling striking down virtually identical restrictions in Texas, judges on the 8th Circuit continue to re-write the books on abortion access. Today's ruling threatens to eliminate abortion access at all but one health center in the state."

For its part, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has stated that...
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