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Defending Life Spotlight

Missouri-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

AUL submitted a public records request, under the Missouri Sunshine Law, Sec. 610.023 R.S.M. et seq., to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Missouri has an extensive regulatory framework for abortion businesses, but AUL’s request for inspection reports did not yield significant results. Abortion businesses in Missouri were docu- mented requesting exemptions from a hospital staff privileges requirement and a requirement to have 4 recovery recliners. Facilities were cited for failing to have proper disinfectants for probes and other medical equipment. Other facilities were reprimanded for failing to ensure that medications were kept outside of the sterilization room and several citations were for improper care or use of sterilization machines. There were a few citations for hand hygiene issues as well. One facility was noted to be providing valium to patients prior to their abortions.

Recently, a state administrative court ruled that the last abortion business left in the state, a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis, is entitled to renewal of its abortion facility license. The commissioner found that the fact that two women experienced severe complications from their abortions at the business was not enough to reach the standard of “substantial failure to comply,” which was necessary to justify the revocation of Planned Parenthood’s facility license.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 14 
DATE RANGE: 2009–2019