The battle over the fate of Missouri’s only operating abortion clinic is heating up.
On Tuesday, protesters gathered outside the facility where one week ago, they feared they would be shut down.
That came after the state health department refused to renew planned parenthood’s license. But a judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing doctors to continue providing services.
That same just on Tuesday said non-staff doctors who’ve performed abortions will not have to testify at a hearing that will determine whether the clinic can stay open.
“Pray that the judge will make the best decision possible,” said Karen Nolkemper with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “The best decision to truly protect pregnant women and their children.”
Missouri is one of six states that have passed legislation banning abortions after the first eight weeks of pregnancy. If the clinic does lose its license it will be the first time since the 1973 Landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that a U.S. state would be without an abortion clinic.