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A Missouri judge issued a temporary order Friday ensuring the state's only abortion clinic can continue providing the service, acting just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility's license was set to expire.
Both parties will be back in court on Tuesday to continue the legal battle.
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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had not renewed the clinic's license, citing concerns with 'failed abortions,' compromised patient safety and legal violations at the clinic. Agency officials also insisted upon interviewing additional physicians at the clinic as part of an investigation.
Planned Parenthood pre-emptively sued this week to prevent a potential gap in abortion coverage. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer heard arguments Thursday.
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His ruling prevents Missouri from become the first state without an abortion clinic since the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.
Stelzer took no sides in the order issued Friday afternoon, instead saying an additional hearing was necessary.
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'A (temporary restraining order) does not purpose to pass upon the merits of a controversy or dispose of any issue,' he wrote.
However, he also said that Planned Parenthood had met the legal standard, proving that harm would result without a temporary restraining order.
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Planned Parenthood 'has demonstrated that immediate and irreparable injury will result if petitioner's license is allowed to expire,' the judge wrote.
'Today is a victory for women across Missouri, but this fight is far from over,' said Planned Parenthood President and CEO Leana Wen.
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'We have seen just how vulnerable access to abortion care is here ― and in the rest of the country,' she added. 'We are glad that the governor has been prevented from putting women's health and lives in danger ― for now ― and call on him to stop this egregious politicalization of public health in...
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