Police security sought for St. Louis abortion clinic hearing

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri officials are asking St. Louis police to provide security for an upcoming hearing on the state’s effort to end the abortion license for Planned Parenthood’s clinic at 4251 Forest Park Ave.

Both sides of the abortion issue have held vigils and protests over the licensing of the clinic, the only facility in Missouri that provides abortion services. It has continued to offer those services while the case is pending.

The next hearing is Oct. 28 at a state office building in downtown St. Louis. Administrative Hearing Commission staff attorney Ranada Vinyard told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that officials had been in contact with police because of the high-profile nature of the case.

Planned Parenthood has been battling the state for months to try to keep the clinic open. The state has cited concerns that include “failed abortions” that required additional surgeries.

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