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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