Planned Parenthood gets Columbia license, files lawsuit against state

2 years 2 months 3 days ago Tuesday, October 10 2017 Oct 10, 2017 Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:32:00 PM CDT October 10, 2017 in News
By: Cameron La Fontaine, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday it has received its license for medication and surgical abortion services at the Columbia Health Center and has begun making appointments.

“Restoring abortion access in mid-Missouri is going to be life-changing for patients in the mid-Missouri and rural areas of the state,” said Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Great Plains. “For far too long now, patients who have been in need of safe, legal abortion services have faced hundreds of miles, two round trip drives, time off work, being forced further into poverty in order to access a constitutionally protected safe, legal, medical procedure.”

Planned Parenthood Great Plains also filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Missouri hoping to block Senate Bill 5 before it goes into effect on October 24. Planned Parenthood of St. Louis and the ACLU of Missouri are part of the suit.

Senate Bill 5 was passed during a special session this summer. It adds regulations to abortion laws in the state, which Planned Parenthood says severely restrict access to safe and legal abortions for Missourians.

“The provision that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are challenging has to do with a mandate that would require the abortion provider be the same consenting physician 72 hours before the procedure,” Lee-Gilmore said.

She said, currently, a qualified health care professional in the state of Missouri, like a nurse practitioner, can go through the informed consent process with the patient. That patient then must wait 72 hours before accessing an abortion.

The lawsuit challenges both the 72-hour waiting period and the requirement that the providing physician secures the consent three days beforehand.

Bonnie Lee, a retired nurse and a member of abortion rights opponent group 40 Days for Life, said the provision Planned Parenthood is fighting is standard practice.

“If you have a surgery, even if you’re referred by another doctor to the surgeon, you see that surgeon,” Lee said. “That surgeon tells you what he’s going to do, tells you about the risk, tells you about what’s going to take place and how they’re going to address different things, because he’s the one doing the surgery."

Lee said she feels Senate Bill 5 makes it safer for women.

“Look at one thing in SB 5 and tell me what’s not for the safety of women. Nowhere does it say they can’t have an abortion, I don’t agree with it, I think someday it will not be legal in our country, but currently it is,” she said. “SB 5 are safety laws that prevent women from being exploited by a business making profit off of their abortions.”

Lee-Gilmore said the laws in Senate Bill 5 are medically unnecessary and unconstitutional.

“They provide no benefit to patients in Missouri,” she said. “They are designed to throw road blocks to abortion access in the state and they’re designed to make abortion inaccessible all together, so we stand by our patients’ constitutional rights to access safe, legal abortion services.”

Renee Maxwell, a member of the Guild of Silly Heathens, a group of abortion right supporters, was outside Planned Parenthood Tuesday afternoon for the group’s counter protest against abortion rights opponents. She said she’s confident Planned Parenthood Great Plains will succeed with its lawsuit.

“I think over and over again the courts have shown that these trap laws are unconstitutional, this is just another trap law and it’s just more pandering from the Missouri state legislature to their base, but abortion is legal and abortion is health care and women deserve to have a right to abortion services,” Maxwell said.

Lee-Gilmore said the lawsuit requests a restraining order, blocking Senate Bill 5 before it goes into effect on Oct. 24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Public Works plans to have a 24-person crew begin monitoring road conditions and treating... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:48:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Police are investigating after an ATM was stolen from the Great Southern Bank on 3200 South Providence Saturday... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:22:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice accumulation to Missouri followed by frigid temperatures. This... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in Weather
COOPER COUNTY, BLACKWATER — A small community in Mid-Missouri is attempting to spread holiday cheer within a few miles of... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:30:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - With temperatures around 30 degrees on Saturday, the cold weather did not stop Holts Summit residents from... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:47:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Department of Transportation crews are preparing for an expected winter storm this weekend. In a press... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:34:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — St. Louis officials have voted to ban local veterinarians from declawing cats. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Chatbots could soon be answering more questions from Missourians about their taxes or welfare. The St. Louis... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:15:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Two people were injured Friday night after an assault and shots fired incident in north Columbia, according to... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM CST December 14, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department completed a week-long training program on Friday, cumulating with a role-playing exercise to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 5:05:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department has a new chief. City Manager John Glascock says Andy Woody will be taking... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:50:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri football coach Barry Odom is heading to Arkansas. New Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman confirmed... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:19:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia psychologist, Kurt Bumby, 50, is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in Boone County and two... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:18:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
FULTON - Although legally blind, Fulton Special Olympics tennis player Jesse competes with enthusiasm in a high demanding sport for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed plan to expand the Jefferson City National Cemetery across the street and move a park... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 2:15:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - Shovels and salt will likely be in higher demand at local hardware stores after a forecasted weekend snow... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 12:55:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors plans to invest $1.5 billion in truck production at a suburban St. Louis plant.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 12:24:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY- A 71-year-old woman was killed last night after her car struck a tree, according to the Missouri State... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 11:35:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
10pm 28°
11pm 27°
12am 27°
1am 27°