Missouri Planned Parenthood set to lose hospital privileges

Missouri Planned Parenthood set to lose hospital privileges
(Source: Planned Parenthood)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic is set to lose the ability to offer medication-induced abortions after a decision by a University of Missouri Hospital governing committee.

Missouri's health department said in a Friday letter the center could lose a license needed to provide abortions Dec. 1. That's because a university medical staff committee voted Thursday to discontinue a type of limited hospital privilege Planned Parenthood used to obtain its license.

The university described the privilege as "outdated and unnecessary."

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri says the decision "puts politics above patients." The Columbia clinic resumed offering abortions last month after stopping for three years when a doctor left.

The health department says Planned Parenthood will lose the ability to provide abortions if it doesn't obtain other hospital privileges.

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