Missouri moved closer to becoming the first state without an abortion clinic Friday when its health department rejected a license renewal for the St. Louis Planned Parenthood location.
A judge had ordered the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to decide by Friday whether it would renew a license for the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Judge Michael Stelzer relayed the health department's decision Friday in court.
The clinic will remain open until further court order, Stelzer added.
What this means: Should it close, Missouri would become the first state without an abortion clinic in almost 50 years
CORRECTION: Missouri health department officials rejected a Planned Parenthood license renewal. An earlier version of this post said a judge issued the denial.