Until September of this year, there was only one abortion provider in the state of Missouri — a Planned Parenthood health center in St. Louis.
On Monday, however, the national women’s health organization announced that an additional clinic in Kansas City would now be offering medication abortion, with a third in Columbia, Missouri, preparing to offer surgical abortions, too, in the very near future, reports Christina Cauterucci.
“Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write,” says Cauterucci, “Abortion access in Missouri is booming.”
Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics in Missouri have been forced over the past several years to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and retrofit their facilities to meet surgical center standards — forced by TRAP laws used by anti-abortion legislators in around the country as part of a common strategy to limit abortion access “legally.”
“This rapid turnaround makes the state an illustration of the best-case scenario when courts reverse abortion restrictions,” Cauterucci says.
In April, a federal judge blocked officials from continuing to enforce two anti-abortion provisions in Missouri, according to Cauterucci, and now four clinics in the state are working to get licensed for abortion care.