Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia ends abortions

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago November 24, 2015 Nov 24, 2015 Tuesday, November 24 2015 Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:34:00 PM CST in News
By: Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Reporter and The Associated Press
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COLUMBIA (AP) — The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing medically-induced abortions.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri confirmed the clinic ceased offering the abortions Monday. The organization also confirmed Nov. 19 was the last day women could sign consent forms for abortion services at the Columbia clinic.

At issue is a University of Missouri medical committee's decision to drop so-called "refer and follow" privileges, effective Dec. 1. The privileges are significant because they'd been granted to a Planned Parenthood doctor, Dr. Colleen McNicholas, and played a role in the Columbia clinic obtaining a license to begin offering abortions in August. State law requires physicians or centers providing abortions to have certain agreements with local hospitals for patient care.

Planned Parenthood supporters plan to hold a vigil Monday and then march to an administration building. They're hoping to pressure interim Chancellor Hank Foley into canceling or delaying the end of "refer and follow" privileges.

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