A Missouri judge gave an abortion clinic a pass on Wednesday, allowing it to remain open despite evidence that it was not complying with state laws.
Federal district Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that the state cannot take away the license of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Columbia, and called the state’s attempt to do so politically motivated, according to the Associated Press.
This is the second time Laughrey blocked the state’s actions. The Columbia abortion clinic was set to lose its license to do abortions in December after its abortion doctor, Colleen McNicholas, had her “refer and follow” hospital admitting privileges revoked by the University of Missouri Health Care, LifeNews previously reported. Missouri state law requires that abortion clinics employ doctors with certain hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the facility.
In December, Laughrey blocked the state from taking action, allowing the abortion clinic to stay open while it searches for a new abortion doctor who can comply with the law,according to the AP. The state appealed.
In response to the new ruling on Thursday, state lawmakers urged the state attorney general to appeal.
“This decision, while in my view incorrect, was sadly predictable,” state Senate Leader Ron Richard said in a statement. “This judge has a track record of left-leaning rulings, and I am confident that, if appealed, the higher court will promptly overturn this poorly reasoned opinion.”
However, Richard also said he was worried that Attorney General Chris Koster did not adequately represent the state Senate in the matter previously. He called Koster’s defense of the state’s actions “weak” and “timid.”
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