Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that its clinic in Missouri might lose its license to provide abortion, which would make the state the first since 1973 to have no abortion business.
CBS reported the clinic, Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis, is in a dispute with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service over three requirements it must fulfill to renew its annual license by May 31.
On Wednesday, a circuit court judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood in the hope of renewing the license.
The pro-life Operation Rescue said a number of women recently have been transported by ambulance to hospital emergency rooms from the St. Louis abortion business.
Three women were hospitalized following their appointments at RHS during a 22-day span ending May 15, Operation Rescue said. Other medical emergencies occurred there April 24 and April 26.
“In all, 74 medical emergencies have been documented at this Planned Parenthood in the past 10 years,” the group said.
CBS reported Planned Parenthood promised May 22 to address two of the three issues preventing renewal of its abortion license.
One is adjusting who at the clinic provided the state-mandated counseling and the other is providing an additional pelvic exam for abortion patients.
The third request, Planned Parenthood claimed, was out of its control. The organization said the health department demanded that seven physicians who provide care at the clinic be interviewed in a state investigation of “deficient practices.” Planned Parenthood argued five of the physicians are residents in training and not employees of the organization.
Operation Rescue said the “most common abortion complication suffered by women transported by ambulance from RHS Planned Parenthood is hemorrhaging, a life-threatening, yet avoidable, condition.”
Other issues at RHS in recent months have included an inability to conduct chemical abortions due to failure to meet new safety regulations, the resignation of CEO Mary Kogut last year and a failure to meet licensing requirements, which led to cancelling expansion to Springfield and Joplin.
There were multiple safety violations documented in 2017 during a “failed inspection report,” OR said.
“Missouri has led the way on enacting innovative abortion laws and regulations that are meant to protect the lives of innocent babies and their mothers. Planned Parenthood [can’t] or won’t comply,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.
“For years we have been calling out the St. Louis Planned Parenthood as being the most dangerous abortion facility in the U.S. If this abortion facility halts abortions, we know that fewer babies will die and women will be spared from suffering serious injury from abortions.
“Missouri pro-life groups, who we have worked with over the years, have accomplished a great deal. Their approach to activism and legislation is an example for others to follow,” said Newman.
The organization documents that in late 2016 there were 730 outpatient abortion facilities in the U.S., including 515 surgical facilities and 215 locations offering medication abortions.
Since 1991, 81 percent of all surgical abortion facilities in the U.S. have closed.
And Operation Rescued documented a “steady decline” in abortions since 1980.
CBS noted the abortionists at Planned Parenthood still would be able to provide non-abortion services for women in Missouri.
Just this year, six states, including Missouri, have proposed legislation to curb the abortion industry.
“Unplanned” drop in abortions
WND reported last month that Shawn Carney, the president and CEO of 40 Days for Life, said the release of the hit movie “Unplanned” was followed by an immediate drop in abortion traffic at abortion businesses, by 50 percent at one location and 25 percent at another.
The organization has conducted 40-day prayer vigils in 816 cities in 56 countries around the globe. They set up volunteers – 1 million so far in a decade – to pray around the clock for 40 days.
Their objective is to save babies, help hurting mothers and help abortion-industry employees move to other jobs.
The movie tells the dramatic true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, Abby Johnson, who quits and becomes a pro-life activist after assisting in an abortion.
When Johnson quit, she immediately went to Carney at his organization’s headquarters across from the Planned Parenthood she managed in Bryan, Texas.
Carney told WND in an interview that he and Johnson had known each other for years, both having attended Texas A&M University. When she started working at Planned Parenthood, he started with 40 Days for Life.
He recalls the day that Johnson, “distraught, completely broken,” walked into his office.
He said he was worried about her future after having turned her back on the abortion industry’s biggest player.
Carney said that with the release of “Unplanned,” participation in the prayer vigils has surged 30 percent.
“It’s just been a wave of enthusiasm,” he said. “People are actually going out and peacefully praying.”
He said Johnson is the 26th of 186 abortion workers who have fled the industry since 40 Days began its work.
He praised the movie makers.
“Their boldness in showing pro-life activism in a positive light really took a lot of courage,” he said.
The movie, he said, already is in 56 countries, and he’s anticipating the international impact.
Most people, he said, don’t realize that there have been 61 million babies lost to abortion in America alone since the Supreme Court created that right in 1973.
See the “Unplanned” trailer: