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Planned Parenthood receives Columbia abortion license

You can now schedule an abortion in Columbia. 

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood tells 93.9 The Eagle the organization has gotten its license for surgical and medication-induced abortions. 

Planned Parenthood started scheduling Columbia appointments as of Tuesday.

The group also announced Tuesday it is filing a lawsuit, challenging some abortion restrictions signed into Missouri law this year. An Associated Press article about the lawsuit is included below.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the state of Missouri over new abortion regulations passed during the last legislative session.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the two organizations argue that the laws severely restrict access to safe abortions.

The laws passed during a special session this summer include several new requirements, such as annual state health inspections and giving the attorney general new power to prosecute people who violate the laws.

In a statement released Tuesday, the organizations particularly criticized a requirement that a doctor give specific information about the abortions to a woman at least 72 hours before performing the procedure. The lawsuit argues that women would need to make two trips to an abortion clinic, with some having to drive long distances.

(This story was last updated at 5:47 a.m. Wednesday.)

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