(PM) — After a four-day stay, Missourians could soon hear whether their state will become the first with no abortion clinics.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer will have another conference Tuesday before determining whether the state’s last abortion clinic can maintain performing abortions.
The clinic is suing the state of Missouri over its unwillingness to restore its license. That license was deemed to lapse Friday. But the judge interceded during a hearing Friday, stating the permit can stay in effect until another hearing Tuesday.
If the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic had to stop granting abortions, Missouri would be the first state in America to bar the procedure in over 45 years.
The abortion discussion in Missouri fired up after Gov. Michael Parson signed into law House Bill 126, which outlaws abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, even in instances of rape and incest.