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Parson: Planned Parenthood not following state regulations

(AP) Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is doubling down on the state’s threat not to renew the license of the only abortion clinic in the state.

Parson on Wednesday said the state will not renew Planned Parenthood’s license to perform abortions unless its St. Louis clinic fixes issues raised by the Department of Health and Senior Services. The license expires Friday.

Parson didn’t go into specifics, but he repeated the state’s request to interview physicians who worked at the clinic.

Planned Parenthood says two staff doctors agreed but the others did not, and Planned Parenthood can’t compel them because they’re not staff.

The organization has filed a lawsuit seeking to ensure that the clinic can continue to provide abortions.

A Wednesday court hearing on the lawsuit was canceled without explanation. It was rescheduled for Thursday morning.

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