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Suit filed over new abortion law

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed suit Monday against the state of Missouri over part of a new abortion law.

The law, which is set to take effect next week, requires any clinic that provides abortions to be certified as an outpatient surgery center.

The Brous Health Center in Kansas City only provides abortions using medication.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Michelle Trupiano (TRIP ee ah no) says even so the clinic would have to become a full surgical center.

"Why should they have to be licensed as a surgery provider when they do not perform surgery?" Trupiano asked "We think that is going very extreme, and that is unfair and burdensome and targets abortion providers."

Trupiano says the Planned Parenthood in Columbia would need to make about 700-thousand dollars in renovations to comply with the law.

The only clinic in Missouri that meets the new standards is the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

In a statement Governor Matt Blunt said it was a common sense law that requires abortion clinics to meet basic safety standards.


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