Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri

Target Regulation of Abortion Providers: Duplicate Inspection Mandate Fact Sheet

HB 1478 Rep. Swan (R-147) Cape Girardeau
SB770 Sen. Wallingford (R-27) Cape Girardeau

Reproductive health care services are among the safest and mostly commonly sought forms of care in the U.S.  But that hasn't stopped the anti-women's health movement from dialing up efforts to eliminate access to abortion through the introduction of TRAP ("targeted restrictions of abortion providers") bills and regulations that place unreasonable requirements on health care centers. TRAP bills stigmatize and burden abortion providers and chip away at abortion access under the guise of legitimate regulation.  

Patient health and safety is Planned Parenthood’s top priority and is central to the mission.
Every day Planned Parenthood works to make sure women receive the high-quality health care they need in a safe, respectful environment. That includes providing abortion.

  • Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with minimal—less than 0.05%—risk of complications. (Guttmacher Institute)

  • Excessive, unnecessary regulations that single out abortion providers need be recognized as part of an effort to drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion.

Like all quality health care providers, abortion providers in Missouri adhere to numerous state and federal regulations to ensure patient safety.  

  • Planned Parenthood adheres to medical standards and guidelines that are informed by the most trusted medical knowledge as well as professional and scientific organizations, including the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the US Preventive Services Task Force, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  • Every medical professional who provides abortion at a Planned Parenthood health center in Missouri is a licensed doctor (i.e. “board-certified physician” and/or nurse), and must have specific training in the provision of abortion services.

Significant restrictions specifically targeting abortion providers are already on the law books in Missouri.  

  • Currently, ANY provider that performs 5 or more first trimester abortions – surgical or medication – must be specifically licensed under the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) regulations by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

  • Abortion providers are subject to extensive regulations related to personnel, physician qualifications record keeping, and a requirement that providers have hospital privileges so physicians are available to provide care for complications, in the rare event that they occur after an abortion, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services already conducts surveys to ensure compliance with the state’s existing extensive health center regulations and the targeted restrictions of abortion providers.  

Decisions about women’s health should be left to by a woman, her faith, and her family in consultation with her doctors.  A politician’s personal believes, blind criticism and judgment have no business in the practice of medicine.

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