Circuit Court judge Michael Stelzer hears arguments on Tuesday before deciding whether the state's last abortion clinic, the Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis area, can continue abortion.
Outside the St. Louis courthouse, a group of anti-abortion activists tacitly protested on Tuesday, with "LIFE" written on tape.
When the Planned Parent Clinic is forced to stop aborting, Missouri is the first state in the nation to block the trial for more than 45 years.
Why was the license not renewed?
 The abortion debate in Missouri has been heating up after Governor Michael Parson signed House Bill 1
The debate was further intensified after the St. Louis Clinic had sued Parson and the Missouri Department of Health.
"DHSS is now attempting to close down the abortion provider by illegally conditioning a decision on the request for routine license renewal after an alleged" investigation "of a patient complaint has been completed," the lawsuit states. Last week, the health department found "numerous violations of state laws and regulations" during an annual inspection of the facility in March. Englisch: www.cosmetic-business.com/en/showar…p?art_id=844.
However, he did not comment on the nature of the violations and merely said: "You are well aware of the shortcomings." Parson said details could not be published "because it is still an ongoing investigation."
What is the motivation?
The governor said the lack of license renewal circles around the security.
"We are committed and take our duty seriously to ensure that all Missouri health services comply with laws, comply with regulations, and ensure patient safety," said Parson.
The refusal of the state to extend the clinic's license is, however, just another tactic to "restrict access to abortions and Missouri deny the right to choose abortion ".
Missouri is not the only state that was about to lose its last abortion clinic due to licensing disputes.