Planned Parenthood: Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic May Shut This Week

Missouri is threatening to not renew its license

Abortion rights activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington. Jan. 18, 2019
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Planned Parenthood says Missouri's only abortion clinic could be closed by the end of the week because the state is threatening to not renew its license.

Planned Parenthood officials said in a teleconference Tuesday that the current license for the St. Louis facility expires Friday. If not renewed, the organization says Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Phone and email messages left for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Gov. Mike Parson's office haven't been returned.

Missouri is among half a dozen states that have passed sweeping anti-abortion measures. Parson, a Republican, signed a bill Friday banning abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.