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Calling Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer’s actions outright political  intimidation, a U.S. District Court sided with Planned Parenthood preventing the state from revoking its license to provide abortion.

While this is a tremendous win for the organization, which continues to face unprecedented attacks from state legislators, the real victory is for the countless patients Planned Parenthood serves. Protecting patient access to care is of the utmost importance as federal law protects a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion in Missouri and across the nation.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey who presided over the proceedings, rightly noted, Schaefer’s political bullying. His actions motivated by political ambition, which led to an enormous burden for patients who need Planned Parenthood’s specialized care.

Patients who seek out services from Planned Parenthood in Missouri already face an undue burden of two visits and a 72 hour mandatory waiting period while health centers located in neighboring Kansas face a 24 hour waiting period. Politicians looking to climb the political ladder should not do so on the backs of local patients, many of them women, who when faced with decisions regarding their reproductive health, need compassion AND care.