June 25, 2019
Judge kicks Planned Parenthood lawsuit out of court; tells them to take their complaint to state Administrative Hearing Commission
Was the judge saying that the state health department had erred last Friday when it declined to renew the clinic’s license to perform abortions? No! In fact he “kicked the clinic’s lawsuit out of court,” as CBS News colorfully described his ruling.
Judge Stelzer affirmed what Missouri’s lone abortion clinic should have done in the first place: take its complaint to the Administrative Hearing Commission.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s spokesman Steele Shippy said as much, telling the Associated Press, “The judge’s ruling affirms the state’s contention that the licensing dispute should be heard by the state commission.”
The state has said concerns about the clinic arose from inspections in March. Among the problems Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services investigators have cited were three “failed abortions” requiring additional surgeries and another that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported last week, citing a now-sealed court filing. Click here for more.