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Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open for Now, Judge Rules

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A circuit court judge in St. Louis ruled that Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic, which was to lose its license on Friday, can stay open—for now.

The decision prevented Missouri from reaching a notable first in the country: at midnight Friday, it was to become the first state since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to have no legal abortion access. But earlier in the week, Planned Parenthood had filed a lawsuit alleging that Missouri was “unlawfully conditioning” the renewal of the clinic’s license, and St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer on Friday granted the organization a temporary restraining order blocking the clinic’s license from expiring, citing the “immediate and irreparable injury” that would result.

The license........

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