Missouri Agency Raises Abortion Clinic Concerns

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s health department is citing failed abortions, compromised patient safety and legal violations as it pressures the state’s only abortion clinic to come into compliance or lose its license.

Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams in a Wednesday statement described the issue as an “unprecedented refusal” by the St. Louis Planned Parenthood to cooperate.

The clinic’s license expires Friday. If it’s not renewed, Missouri will be the only state without any abortion facility.

The health department cited concerns including “at least one incident in which patient safety was gravely compromised” and “failed surgical abortions.”

The agency also says several physicians are refusing to be interviewed. Planned Parenthood has said two staff doctors agreed but the others did not, and Planned Parenthood can’t compel them because they’re not staff.

An Associated Press request for comment to Planned Parenthood about the agency’s latest allegations was not immediately returned Wednesday.