Planned Parenthood temporarily suspends abortions in Columbia

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 7:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — Planned Parenthood is temporarily halting abortions at a central Missouri clinic.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said Tuesday the physician who typically performs abortions in Columbia has been called to active military duty and will be deployed overseas.

Organization spokeswoman Michelle Trupiano said abortions were performed in Columbia last week and normally are performed at that clinic two or three times a month. She said abortion services will be suspended in October until a replacement physician can be found.

Trupiano said abortions also were suspended for a couple months last year at the clinic while Planned Parenthood searched for a new doctor to perform them.

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