Kansas City, MO--(10/10/2017) Tuesday, Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and the ACLU of Missouri filed suit in state court to protect access to safe, legal abortion in Missouri. In their lawsuit, the nonprofits ask the court to block Senate Bill 5, a law recently passed during special session that severely restricts access to safe, legal abortion for Missourians.
In keeping with standards of medical practice, abortion providers already give all prospective patients full information about their options, medical procedures and risks, and all other information they need for voluntary, informed consent. This information is provided by a physician, nurse, or other qualified professional, and also given in writing. Missouri’s onerous restrictions override good medical practice by requiring that women make two separate appointments with at least a 72-hour delay in between.
This will result in extreme delays up to three to four weeks for women to access abortion, and it will cut some women off from care entirely. Women in areas like Springfield will be forced to make a 300- to 400-mile round trip twice to a health center that provides abortion, rather than making their initial visit at a local health center, as they could prior to this law.