Free At Last: Missouri First State Currently Abortion-Free 

Eric Scheiner | January 14, 2021
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According to a report by Operation Rescue, there are 706 active abortion facilities in the U.S., but none have been active in Missouri for over a year.

Operation reports:

A total of 45 abortion facilities closed or halted abortions nationwide in 2020, leaving one state without an active abortion facility, according to a survey conducted by Operation Rescue.

Missouri has become the first Abortion-Free State – at least in practice for now.  The embattled Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was the last abortion facility in Missouri. It remains open, but Operation Rescue has confirmed that no abortion appointments have been available there for months, and none are available anytime in the foreseeable future.  All abortion appointments are now being referred to the Fairview Heights Planned Parenthood facility across the Mississippi River in Illinois.

The RHS Planned Parenthood facility won a licensing state battle earlier in 2020.  However, after the victory the facility voluntarily halted surgical abortions. According to the Operation Rescue report, “it had earlier voluntarily halted the distribution of abortion-inducing pills due to an unwillingness to comply with Missouri laws regulating the drugs.”

“While the RHS Planned Parenthood remains open and licensed for abortions, we confirmed that none are being done there.  That means this facility is currently acting only as an abortion referral center.  There is no operational abortion facility in the State of Missouri, making it the first Abortion-Free State at this time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

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