St. Louis, Missouri (PM) — The single abortion clinic in Missouri will continue to be open after a St. Louis judge published on Monday a preliminary injunction, requiring the state of Missouri to decide on the facility’s permit to perform the procedure by June 21, a court document noted.
Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer on Monday conferred Planned Parenthood’s application for a preliminary injunction, which increases his temporary restraining order forbidding Missouri from allowing the St. Louis clinic’s permit to cease.
Stelzer also directed the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine by June 21 whether the clinic’s permit should be renewed. The agency failed to renew the license to administer abortions, mentioning concerns about patient protection.
Clinic leaders stated the state’s movement is a portion of an endeavor by an anti-abortion governorship to outlaw the procedure in Missouri.
Monday’s decision preserves the clinic during the ongoing court battle.