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Monday, September 3, 2007


U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith on Aug. 27 issued a temporary injunction blocking Missouri from enforcing new restrictions on abortion clinics the General Assembly enacted earlier this year. Smith’s order came one day before the new law was to take effect.

The order came in response to a lawsuit filed on Aug. 20 by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri challenging the restrictions. The law requires abortion providers to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility already complies with the new standards but its Columbia and Kansas City clinics do not. The group claims the law effectively eliminates abortion access for many women by imposing unnecessary requirements on clinic operations.

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