Planned Parenthood faces abortion challenge in Kansas City

Planned Parenthood faces abortion challenge in Kansas City
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Planned Parenthood clinic in Kansas City that stopped providing medication-induced abortions when its provider left five months ago is facing licensing issues as it works to resume offering the procedure.

KCUR -FM reports that the license that allowed the procedure at the midtown clinic expired earlier this month. After its previous provider left, the clinic secured another one. But Planned Parenthood says state health officials want to start the licensing inspection process from scratch.

Because the midtown clinic’s new abortion provider doesn’t have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, it’s unclear, even if its license is renewed, whether it would be able to offer abortion services. A lawsuit is being fought over the admitting issue.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.