Missouri at Risk of Losing Last Clinic Offering Abortions

Terrible laws inspire further terribleness.


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Planned Parenthood has confirmed that the Missouri health department is currently "refusing to renew" its license to provide abortion in the state, which is among those blatantly oppressive enough to continue pursuing laws that place women in danger.

"This week, Missouri would be the first state in the country to go dark—without a health center that provides safe, legal abortion care," Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Dr. Leana Wen said Tuesday. "More than a million women of reproductive age in Missouri will no longer have access to a health center in the state they live in that provides abortion care."

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This Republican-backed fuckery against abortion, which—it's worth noting here—technically remains legal in all 50 states, will be fought in court. In their statement, Planned Parenthood said that RHS (Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region) would sue, with a lawsuit set to be filed in the Circuit Court of St. Louis Tuesday.

Similarly idiotic attempts at further oppression in states like Alabama and Georgia have been met with pushback efforts. Down in Georgia, for example, the region's burgeoning film and television industry now stands on the precipice of potentially bottoming out thanks to its anti-women stance.

In a statement to Variety Tuesday, Netflix said they have "many women" working on projects in Georgia, noting that their rights have now been "severely restricted" by recent political moves.

"Should [the law] ever come into effect, we'd rethink our entire investment in Georgia," the streaming service's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said.

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