Missouri’s sole remaining abortion clinic will learn by Friday—the day its state license expires—whether it will continue to be able to provide abortions. If the clinic is forced to stop offering abortions, then Missouri will become the first state in the more than 40 years since Roe v. Wade was decided to have no abortion clinic. At issue is the license to perform abortions that the St. Louis clinic, which is operated by Planned Parenthood, is provided by the state’s health department. The health department has dragged its feet on renewing the license, and this past Tuesday, Planned Parenthood sued the state in order to continue providing abortions. Missouri Circuit Court Judge Michael Steltzer is expected to issue his decision by Friday.

The language in this post has been updated to better reflect when the decision on the clinic’s license will be issued.

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The health department has dragged its feet on renewing the license, and this past Tuesday, Planned Parenthood sued the state in order to continue providing abortions.

I would not be shocked if the state government is leaning on the health department to force a closure, so they can at least get the political victory of being the first “abortion-free” state (even if it’s quickly reversed in the courts).