Missouri Planned Parenthood Clinic To Halt Abortions For Now

For women in Missouri it just got even harder to access abortion services.

Planned Parenthood announced it was suspending abortion services at its Columbia clinic effective July 1 due to a lack of available doctors. Right now the suspension is indefinite and women who come to the clinic will be referred to others in Kansas and Missouri until abortions resume in Columbia.

This is the second time the clinic has had to suspend abortion services at the Columbia clinic because of a lack of doctors. Last October the clinic suspended services after its only physician was sent overseas on active military duty.

Peter B. Brownlie, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri offered this statement:

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) is committed to providing a full range of safe, accessible and affordable quality reproductive health care to women, men and young people at our Columbia Health Center. These services include well women exams, STI testing and treatment, life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, and abortion services.

Due to the lack of physician coverage and availability, effective July 1, 2012, Planned Parenthood is temporarily suspending abortion services in Columbia. We regret the unfortunate impact for central Missouri women who want and need access to abortion; we are committed to resuming these services as soon as possible. Until that time, we will offer referrals for abortion services to other health centers in Kansas and Missouri.

Planned Parenthood will continue to meet the reproductive health care needs of its mid-Missouri clients by maintaining regular access to our high-quality family planning services. To ensure women and families have continued access to quality reproductive health care, our routine family planning schedule will remain the same at the Columbia Health Center.

Legal abortion means nothing if it is impossible to access, a fact the right understands all too well.

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Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan3 years ago

Then let the state loosers raise the children, Tax the church.

Debbie Crandell
Debbie Crandell3 years ago

Yes, I can also agree with Kasia Y, lets tax the churches. They are the ones that are trying to control our lives when it comes to birth. A woman should have the right to a legal abortion. If some of these churches want you to have a child if you can't afford one, you are in an abusive situation, incest or rape then the church should be held responsible for that child and they should help support the mother and child. No one should have the right to tell you you have to have a child if the mother has reasons for not going through with the birth. I have always felt that the churches that insist a woman have a child no matter what just wants you to have the child so that later when the child grows up they can collect money to support the church. Sad but true, it's a money thing again and it's what keeps the church's alive. I live in Missouri and I have had an abortion when I was younger and I'm glad that I had the right to choose. Please don't let women's rights be taken away one by one. We have come so far to be knocked back down to the ground again. It's her choice and that's the way it should stay, "HER CHOICE".

Kim W.
Kim W.3 years ago

This is no ones business except the actual ones involved. Get a life, and get out of everyone's personal business

pete M.
peter m.3 years ago

Amber B.
2:50PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I hope the doctors stay away.

Say Amber What's so Awesome ABOUT IT. Duh---!!!!!!!!!!

Amber Beasley
Amber Beasley3 years ago

I hope the doctors stay away.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Ah, yes another casualty of the regressive GOP's War on women. Thanks Jessica for the article.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Every woman throughout the world has a right to control her body and have control of her reproductive rights. If you don't agree then don't go to clinics that provide services you don't want.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

WELL HOT DAMN! Mississippi and now Missouri! WHAT IS THIS WORL COMING TO??? It's SENSES perhaps!

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti3 years ago

I feel sorry for those women. This country is going backwards.

stewart s.
stew s.3 years ago

I agree with Kasia Y. Tax the churches/religions into bankruptcy!! Whatever legal action it takes to keep religion out of politics!! Remember that in our constitution it clearly mentions that there be a separation of church and state.