Missouri could become first state with no abortion clinic

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1:01 p.m. ET, June 21, 2019

Missouri moves closer to becoming the first state without an abortion clinic since Roe v. Wade

The exterior of a Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center is seen on May 31, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri.
The exterior of a Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center is seen on May 31, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. Michael Thomas/Getty Images

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.