COLUMBIA — Planned Parenthood's Missouri affiliates asked a federal district judge to suspend two state abortion restrictions while the legal effort to remove them continues.

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri asked U.S. District Court Judge Howard Sachs, of the Western District of Missouri, to block the ambulatory surgical center and admitting privileges requirements recently struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We are proud to have filed this preliminary injunction today and to ask the court to make abortion a greater reality than it is today," said Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, during a teleconference with the news media on Monday morning.

The two specific restrictions were found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June in a Texas case — Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt case, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The Missouri affiliates filed a federal lawsuit Nov. 30 to challenge the restrictions.

"My patients face an enormous amount of insurmountable challenges because of state laws that have never taken into consideration their health and safety," said Kristin Metcalf-Wilson,  assistant vice president of Health Services at Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

Metcalf-Wilson said the restrictions have been devastating for Planned Parenthood patients who now have to drive to St. Louis, the only abortion-providing location in Missouri, or seek home health concoctions they find on the Internet.

McQuade said she didn't know when the judge would rule but expected it would be in the new year.

If the judge suspends the restrictions, the Planned Parenthood location in Columbia would offer both medical and first-trimester surgical abortions, McQuade said. She said the location will likely have two providers — one being Colleen McNicholas, the physician who lost admitting privileges with University Hospital last fall.

Planned Parenthood in Midtown Kansas City would provide medical abortion services only, referring patients to the center in Overland Park for surgical services, McQuade said.

In Joplin, only medical abortions would be provided, but both surgical and medical abortions would be provided at the Springfield location, said Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

"We have a vow and promise to our patients every day," Kogut said. "We are committed to taking this fight as far as we can."

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