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Planned Parenthood protests throughout Missouri Monday

Posted: 6:21 AM, Dec 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-13 17:39:46Z

Groups who call themselves 'pro-woman' and Missouri state legislators are opposing a Planned Parenthood lawsuit.

On Monday, groups rallied at Planned Parenthood locations across the Show Me State, including the center on Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard.

Planned Parenthood is suing the state, calling for Missouri's abortion laws to be overturned.

41 Action News talked with one protestor who was critical of the lawsuit and added, "They put the lives of women at risk and now they've filed an injunction to stop a law to protect the lives, the safety and the well-being of women."

Under the law, abortion providers have to meet the standards of a surgical center and have admitting privileges with local hospitals.

If that law was overturned, more sites in Missouri would be able to provide abortions, including the one in Kansas City.

Similar laws were recently overturned in Texas.

Planned Parenthood representatives said they filed the lawsuit so more women can get the services they need.

Laura McQuade is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

She told 41 Action News legislators need to overturn the current Missouri law and said, "Not only do they not protect health and safety, they actually promote bad medical practice because people will forgo the care they need or seek dangerous alternatives."

Opposition groups, including Missouri state legislators, say the laws are in place to protect women and children.

Missouri State Representative Rick Brattin and Wendy Curtis from the Kansas City Coalition for Life are among the speakers.

St. Louis is the only site where women can get an abortion in Missouri. 

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