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St. Louis, MO – This morning Judge Michael F. Stelzer denied the motion made on behalf of the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services asking the Court to reconsider or amend the Preliminary Injunction issued on June 10, 2019, that keeps Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis operating despite its facility license having expired on May 31, 2019.
Stelzer noted that the June 21, 2019, status conference set in the preliminary injunction order will still take place. The Court ordered the DHSS to rule on RHS Planned Parenthood’s license application by that same date.
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At the request of RHS Planned Parenthood, Judge Stelzer also sealed “Exhibit A,” which was attached to the DHSS motion.
Operation Rescue received copies of Exhibit A on Friday, June 14, 2019, before it was placed under seal and released the documents publicly in an exposé published on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
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Exhibit A consists of two documents. First is a 4-page letter from the DHSS to RHS Planned Parenthood discussing the attached 62-page Statement of Deficiencies and explaining why the lack of cooperation with the investigation coupled with the court-ordered deadline for a licensing decision has placed the complaint investigation on an accelerated schedule.
The DHSS ordered RHS Planned Parenthood to submit a detailed Plan of Correction for all deficiencies by June 18, 2019. The plan must “address the failure of RHS and its physicians to cooperate in this investigation, which is unprecedented and unacceptable.”
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The letter also stated, “Due to this ongoing non-cooperation, in order to issue a Statement of Deficiencies based on the complaint investigation, we...
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