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Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenges MO laws

Cynthia Mendez, center, was one of more than 200 people gathered in front of Planned Parenthood in October for a “Jericho March” held in conjunction with 115 other U.S. cities. In December, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in Missouri challenging some of the state’s abortion regulations.

A lawsuit challenging Missouri abortion regulations is the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down abortion laws in Texas, but pro-life advocates here say they believe the Missouri laws will be upheld as constitutional.

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri filed the federal lawsuit Nov. 30, asking the court to stop the laws, which require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Similar lawsuits were filed in Alaska and North Carolina.

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