Abortion laws under scrutiny, mid-Missourians sound off

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Monday, June 27 2016 Jun 27, 2016 Monday, June 27, 2016 10:17:00 PM CDT June 27, 2016 in News
By: Adam Pressler, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Supreme Court of the Untied States voted against Texas’s anti-abortion laws, Monday morning. A five to three vote in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt now has many other states questioning how this will affect similar laws. 

Laura McQuade, the Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri President and CEO, said this ruling directly affects mid-Missouri.

“On December 1, the University of Missouri withdrew admitting privileges for our local Planned Parenthood, making it harder to get access for reproductive health. This decision will now drastically impact access to service and the ability to provide access to service,” McQuade said.

According to McQuade, the laws deemed unconstitutional in Texas have been in place in Missouri since 2007.

The SCOTUS decision ruled it was unconstitutional for clinics where abortions are performed to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers and for doctors performing the procedures to be required to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) is running for Attorney General in the upcoming statewide elections. He is known for targeting abortion clinics and fighting against abortion laws. Schaefer said the new ruling is unsafe.

"Sadly, the Supreme Court ignored the health and well-being of women. Abortion clinics and those administering abortions should have to meet the same health sand safety requirements as other outpatient facilities that perform invasive medical procedures. Anything else is just not safe," Schaefer wrote in a statement.

Associate Dean of the University of Missouri Law School Paul Litton said research studied by the Supreme Court conflicts with Schaefer's comments.

"Based on what I have read and studied based on today's decision, it appears that women's health was more at risk under these potential laws, than without these laws," Litton said.

The Columbia Planned Parenthood celebrated the ruling by hosting an event at Glenn's Cafè.

Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, the lead nurse practitioner at the Columbia Planned Parenthood, said the two overturned laws were attempts at political moves.

"The restrictions requiring ambulatory surgical centers or admittance privilege for a physician at a local hospital, really provided no improvement of quality care for women's reproductive health and they were strictly a political move or tactic to decrease access to abortion services which are safe and legal in our country," Wilson said.

The Supreme Court's ruling does not change any laws in Missouri, but legal analysts said it could deter similar laws aimed to limit or close abortion clinics.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A multi-day storm system is on its way to Missouri and could lead to icy roads and snow... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:32:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Fewer families came out to the Food Bank's Mobile Pantry to pick up free groceries. "The line... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:37:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - For some businesses, winter weather brings a new type of precipitation. James Magley, an employee for Voss Land... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Countuy legislators will meet with the public on Thursday to discuss how this session will affect the... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - In January 2019, the Columbia City Council decided rate payers would collectively pay around $1 million more in... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department was called early Wednesday morning to a report of an unknown person... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:25:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:21:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:18:51 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is testing a new way to monitor student class attendance. Spotter was released... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:12:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
ASHLAND - Ashland Police Officer George Roberson was recognized at last night's Ashland Board of Alderman meeting for his actions... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:03:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to allow Raising Cane's the conditional-use permit necessary to build a... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:29:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A week after the Supreme Court of Missouri upheld that part of the voter ID law which... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:13:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Winter weather causes many problems, and people get antsy when driving and walking conditions become dangerous. Many... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:59:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The weather fatigue is making its way here in mid-Missouri, impacting businesses and everyday people. Mackenzie Knierim,... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:44:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen Arkansas sport utility vehicle has... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:01:39 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One youth organization is looking to make big strides this upcoming year to stop climate change. The... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:22:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—Lucky's Market in Columbia will remain open, while the two other Missouri stores, and others across the country will... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:19:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
5am 33°
6am 34°
7am 35°
8am 34°