Archive for Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Planned Parenthood challenges new Missouri abortion law

August 21, 2007


— Planned Parenthood sued Monday seeking to strike down a new Missouri law that it claims could eliminate abortion services in large parts of the state by subjecting clinics to stringent state oversight.

The federal lawsuit asks a judge for an injunction preventing the law from taking effect Aug. 28 and seeks a ruling that it infringes on a constitutional right to abortion.

If the law takes effect, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri claims it will be forced to halt abortions at its Columbia and Kansas City offices - either permanently or while costly and "medically unnecessary" renovations are made.

That would leave the St. Louis area as the only place in Missouri with functioning abortion facilities, the lawsuit said, although Planned Parenthood also operates an abortion clinic just across the state line in Kansas.

Missouri's anti-abortion majority in the Legislature contends the law is necessary to ensure the health and safety of women seeking abortions. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt also declared, when signing the law, that abortion clinics should shut down if they can't - or don't want - to meet the stricter state licensing requirements.

"This onerous legislation has nothing to do with protecting women's health and safety," Planned Parenthood Chief Executive Officer Peter Brownlie said Monday. "This is a blatant attempt to close down clinics and deny women their right to health care."

Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, a lead sponsor of the legislation, cast doubt on Planned Parenthood's claims of financial hardship and forced clinic closures.

But Scott acknowledged: "Certainly, abortion is our target here and we're trying to save the lives of our children. We feel it's a fair way to regulate them like other procedures."

Among other things, the lawsuit notes, outpatient surgery centers must have halls at least 6 feet wide and doors at least 44 inches wide; separate male and female changing rooms for personnel; and a recovery room with space for at least four beds with 3 feet of clearance around each.


SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 10 months ago

Planned Parenthood commits the most deaths by abortion in the country. This may affect their status!

packrat 10 years, 10 months ago

All facilities offering medical care should be held to the same health and safety guidelines. All clinics performing outpatient surgery should be required to have a doctor with hospital admission privileges on hand when any surgery is performed.

imastinker 10 years, 10 months ago

I'd really like to see what is required under the law.

shockchalk 10 years, 10 months ago

Planned Parenthood could care less about protecting womens health and safety or they would just make the necessary changes in their clinics. Their only concern is the almighty dollar and the more abortions they perform, the more money they make. They have no problem with lawsuits either because we, the taxpayers, cover the cost for their legal battles on both the local, and federal level. You can be assured, they aren't going to close ANY clinic for long because there's money to be made, even if it does cost a life.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 10 months ago

americorps, You, and only you, are invoking God in this chat.

Bubbles 10 years, 10 months ago

Is americorps an example of a partial birth abortion?

Ragingbear 10 years, 10 months ago

A growing abortion provider in America is The CHABB Center. Otherwise known as the Coat Hanger and Baseball Bat Center.

waydownsouth 10 years, 10 months ago

I took a friend to planned parenthood to have a abortion and its very close to a drive through as you can get. They herd 5 to 7 seven girls through at a time to have blood drawn and to have a sonogram. Then they go talk to a counsler who my friend said they ask questions like how do you feel about this and are you forced. After you go to a room with 5 to seven other girls and wait your turn. After the deed is done you sit in a recliner for an hour and told to leave through the back door. She has felt like crap ever since. They say they care about womans health but not the mental health that these women have to live with afterwards. If they care so much they should put their money into prevention. Many girls use that as birth control. My friend said that a few of the girls had been there a few times. They give you birth control whenyou leave but its the lowest dose you can get. No wonder they have repetes. Its all about the money for them. And when something happens to those clinics i am not sorry. You get better treatment at the health department.

waydownsouth 10 years, 10 months ago

Americorps what translation are you reading from. KIng James Verson Says and i quote " If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow : he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischiel follows then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, That was Exodus 21: 22-24 So if that baby is born alive and well he is punished. If something happens to the baby he is accountable for that babies life.

packrat 10 years, 10 months ago

Why does every debate on this topic degrade to religious name-calling?

Candice Chandler 10 years, 10 months ago

Not every abortion is late-term. Not every woman who has an abortion is doing it as a form of birth control, as suggested by waydownsouth. This isn't a Christian/religious thing; it's a very personal issue for women, and until you've walked a mile or so in one's shoes, you all need to take a break, stop, and think before you speak!

waydownsouth 10 years, 10 months ago

I never said all woman use it as birth control i said many do. Have you ever sat in a waiting room of an abortion clinic? I have and i have heard more then one story about what its like. And if woman are so sure that they do not want to have children then why not use the birth control thats out there then spending $150 to $200 and lifetime of pain that an abortion causes. Why don't you check out the prolife website see the pictures of abortions. Hear what people that have had them have to say. I doubt few will do even that.

Confrontation 10 years, 10 months ago

I love when people quote scripture as fact. That's really amusing.

Bubbles 10 years, 10 months ago

If the Liberals are content with eating their own then I am too.

waydownsouth 10 years, 10 months ago

75x55 Thank you I knew there was a web site out there.

Confrontation it is fact if quoted correctly. It does not need to be twisted it is pretty easy to read.

deec 10 years, 10 months ago

Citations on any of these purported quotes? Context? Which book or speech are they allegedly from? How about page or chapter numbers as well?

staff04 10 years, 10 months ago

"Certainly, abortion is our target here..."--this is all one needs to read to know why PP would challenge this...

"...but because we know we can't win that battle, we'll make a backdoor law instead."

deec 10 years, 10 months ago

Here, I'll help you. All quotes from Woman and the New Race,Margaret Sanger, Truth Publishing Co., 3rd printing, 1921. Sanger was opposed to abortion: "Hence it is that, from time immemorial, she has sought some form of family limitation. When she has not employed such measures consciously, she has done so instinctively. Where laws, customs and religious restrictions do not prevent, she has recourse to contraceptives. Otherwise she resorts to child abandonment, abortion and infanticide, or resigns herself hopelessly to enforced maternity." page 11. "While there are cases where eve the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization." page 126.

On the American race: "Each of us has an ideal of what the American of the future should be. we have been told times without number that out of the mixture of stocks, the intermingling of ideas and aspirations, there is to come a race greater than any which has contributed to the population of the United States." page 30 "If we are to develop in America a new race with a racial soul, we must keep the birth rate within the scope of our ability to understand as well as to educate. We must not encourage reproduction beyond our capacity to assimilate our numbers so as to make the coming generation into such physically fit, mentally capable, socially alert individuals as are the ideal of a democracy." page 44

Kodiac 10 years, 10 months ago


Instead of reprinting the entire Website why don't you just give us the link....

Here is another website's take on it. This is not a source that is friendly to Planned Parenthood either but at least they are a little more truthful about who Sanger probably was rather than taking misquotes or out-of-context quotes to make her out to be this Nazi monster as the previous site does.

Confrontation 10 years, 10 months ago

"Confrontation it is fact if quoted correctly. It does not need to be twisted it is pretty easy to read."

Just because something is in a book doesn't make it a real fact.

deec 10 years, 10 months ago

She was a known racist and clasist and even though many benefit from the work she did on birth control and women's reproductive freedom, there is nothing to celebrate about her..she was a vile person.. Sources for your opinion?

deec 10 years, 10 months ago

So in other words, tighty righty can't be bothered to source his laundry list of purported quotes from Margaret Sanger.

Kodiac 10 years, 10 months ago


You should go back and read that website that I posted earlier. I think you might even find yourself (gasp) agreeing with some of Sanger's views particularly her take on charities.

As far as being a plagarist, well I don't really give a rat's a$$ about it. Just thought it might be easier to post the link instead 3 or 4 long postings. Also I never figured you were passing it off as your own but it does give us some idea of where it comes from which always carries a little more weight with me. The info you gave does come from a clear pro-life site which has been known to be, shall we say a little creative with their historical perspective. The site I found seems to me to be a little more credible even though Franks (author of the site) clearly comes out against Planned Parenthood as well. She at least is attempting to ascertain what quotes could actually be attributed to Sanger and the context they are given in. Just my 2 cents thats all.

deec 10 years, 10 months ago

So...plannned parenthood is aborting women at gunpoint?

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