An abortion clinic in Missouri has lost a federal court battle, ruling that the clinic is not allowed to perform abortions.
Planned Parenthood in Columbia, Missouri has been federally mandated not to perform abortions, after losing its court case against the state. The current law in the state of Missouri prohibits abortions being performed when doctors do not have hospital admitting privileges – Planned Parenthood tried to fight the law.
The Columbia Planned Parenthood location has been legally unable to perform abortions since 2015, being unable to hire a doctor with hospital admitting privileges after “a panel of medical staff at University of Missouri Health Care decided to stop offering the privileges…,” The Washington Post reports.
To combat the ‘hospital admitting privileges’ law, Planned Parenthood Great Plains (that manages the Columbia location) filed a motion to be excused from the law. Live Action reports, “U.S. Western District Court Judge Brian Wimes ruled that the physician requirement did not affect enough women to constitute “undue burden.” He also found that requiring women to drive further for an abortion was not enough of a burden to rule in Planned Parenthood’s favor.”
Since this ruling now means that the number of active abortion clinics in the state has dwindled down to just one in St. Louis, Planned Parenthood is heated that their revenue is going down.
This is correct.
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood is the *only* health center providing abortion in MO.
— Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri (@PPMO_Advocates) February 26, 2019
However, Judge Wimes is not concerned about the money Planned Parenthood is going to lose. The Columbia Missourian reports Judge Wimes reasoning for the ruling:
“The record does not include evidence of the other relevant burdens associated with (admitting privileges). In particular, (Planned Parenthood did) not present evidence of attempts to find physicians with hospital privileges willing to provide abortion services at the Columbia Facility, or evidence of fewer doctors, longer wait times, and increased crowding at (the clinic in St. Louis that provides abortions).”
“Finally, the record does not provide a basis in evidence to approximate the number of women who will forego or postpone surgical abortion incidental to the inoperability of the Columbia Facility.”
Biden Rebuffs Advisors’ Demands to Censor OANN, Newsmax, Fox News By Executive Order
Biden advisors have sought to ban conservative media from federal housing.
According to a White House source, President Joe Biden has rebuffed suggestions that he sign an executive order that would ban certain conservative news networks from being broadcast to federal housing complexes.
The order would’ve named One America News Network, Newsmax, and Fox News by name. The former two networks are known for a broadly pro-Donald Trump editorial stance, with Fox split between establishment liberal and conservative content.
Authoritarian liberals advising President Biden are said to have suggested that Biden crack down on television and media networks which dissent from the administration’s policy views, citing the raucous US Capitol protest earlier this month as an imperative to clamp down on the opposition.
The executive order in question would most prominently affect military housing, where the cable channels in question are accessible through cable services contracted through the military services. The order, which never progressed beyond suggestions to President Biden, may even have gone so far as to restrict the television channels from private housing organizations contracted to provide lodging to military service members and their families.
Biden even went so far as to dismiss the censorship attempt as “nonsense,” according to a White House source familiar with the exchange. It’s likely that attempts to sign and enforce it would’ve been shut down by the judiciary, representing a clear attempt to discriminate against the very viewing of political expression within federal buildings.
As an authoritarian streak grows more prominent in the intolerant attitudes of American liberals, it appears President Biden himself is at least skeptical to the slightest degree of governmental censorship attempts, although Biden has never so much as even made reference to the censorship practices utilized by Big Tech companies against tens of millions of Americans.
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