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.

Doctors prescribe a healthy dose of Church beliefs through support of Catholic Medical Association

Doctors from the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association prayed the Rosary in their white medical coats outside Planned Parenthood for an end to abortion, for the families affected, and for the workers at Planned Parenthood. They then processed to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for the annual White Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

When Dr. David Stansfield joined the Catholic Medical Association about eight years ago, he was prescribing birth-control pills to patients in his private family medicine practice in Hillsboro.

His desire to join the association's local guild was fueled in part by his Catholic upbringing and the chance to connect with other Catholic doctors.

It also opened his heart in a new way.

"It was because of my involvement that I stopped prescribing" the pill, he said. "Sometimes, a physician comes into the Catholic Medical Association, and they learn that it's OK to be Catholic."

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