Missouri has become the first state in the United States where there are no active facilities performing abortions.
The Washington Examiner reports that across the nation in 2020, a total of 45 abortion facilities either closed or stopped abortion procedures, including in Missouri.
However, according to Operation Rescue’s year-end report “The Status of American Abortion Facilities in 2020,” the Show Me state became the first in the nation to halt abortions completely.
To be clear, abortion has not been abolished legally in Missouri, but now Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, which had been “the last abortion facility in Missouri” has not had any appointments available for abortions for months and “none are available anytime in the foreseeable future” as the pro-life organization confirmed.
While the St. Louis clinic may no longer be including the extermination of an unborn baby in the services they provide, they remain committed to arranging abortions as best they can, sadly.
The facility is now referring all abortion appointments to a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Fairview Heights, across the Mississippi River in Illinois, and halted abortions after being found to be in violation of state Department of Health and Senior Services regulations.
“While the RHS Planned Parenthood remains open and licensed for abortions, we confirmed that none are being done there,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said in a statement.
“That means this facility is currently acting only as an abortion referral center. There is no operational abortion facility in the State of Missouri, making it the first Abortion-Free State at this time.”
“Despite winning a licensing battle with the state after the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found its facility was unsafe and out of compliance with state abortion regulations, the facility voluntarily halted surgical abortions in Missouri. It had also previously voluntarily halted distributing abortion-inducing pills due to an unwillingness to comply with Missouri laws regulating the drugs,” the Examiner explains.
It may not be the kind of moral legal victory the unborn masses so sorely need, but it is certainly worth praising the Lord for all the lives not being destroyed within the borders of this state.
While no state in the nation has fully abolished abortion, Missouri has strictly regulated it to the first eight weeks of pregnancy and in cases of rape or incest.
Of course, unborn babies are human no matter what gestational age they are or the manner in which they were conceived.
Currently in the U.S. there are 706 active abortion facilities, according to Operation Rescue’s report.
While in 10 states the number of facilities decreased, such as New York, Washington, and Texas, in 13 states such as California, Michigan, Alabama, and Virginia, the number sadly increased.
The atrocity of abortion is still far from over, saints, and there is still much work to be done to preserve the lives of the unborn and minister to those women who are carrying them.
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