Today a federal judge agreed to temporarily block the passage of Missouri’s new law regulating abortions that was supposed to go in effect Tuesday. Now there will be a Sept. 10 hearing to determine whether or not to permanently block the law.
Planned Parenthood claims that this new law, which raises to a status of an ambulatory surgical center any establishment performing or inducing any second or third trimester abortions or five or more first trimester abortions per month, would infringe on women’s abortion rights. This because PP would either have to permanently cease performing abortions, or temporarily close it’s doors while expensive renovations are made to their two abortion facilities. According the the AP story both of Missouri’s PP “clinics hadn’t been regulated for years.” I guess for PP less than safe conditions for women seeking abortions are better than no abortions at all.