Springfield Healthcare Center, Inc. v. Nixon et al

Filing 10

ORDER entered by Judge Nanette Laughrey. Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order is GRANTED; and it is ORDERED that Plaintiffs shall post a $100 security pending the outcome of the hearing to decide the Motion for Preliminary In junction, and it is ORDERED that Defendants are enjoined from enforcing recent amendments to Mo. Rev. Stat. SS 188.080 and 188.250 made by Senate Bill No. 1, 93rd Gen. Assem., 1st Extr. Sess., as enacted on September 15, 2005, for twenty days from the date of this ORDER or as otherwise ordered by the Court. (Kanies, Renea)

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Springfield Healthcare Center, Inc. v. Nixon et al Doc. 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI CENTRAL DIVISION SPRINGFIELD HEALTHCARE CENTER, ) INC., ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) ) v. ) ) JEREMIAH W. NIXON, et al., ) ) Defendants. Case No. 05-4296-CV-C-NKL ORDER Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction [Doc. # 3]. For the reasons set forth below, the Court will issue a Temporary Restraining Order. Plaintiff has demonstrated that enforcement of recent amendments to Mo. Rev. Stat. 188.080 and 188.250 made by Senate Bill No. 1, 93rd Gen. Assem., 1st Extr. Sess., as enacted on September 15, 2005, threatens immediate and irreparable harm to both the Springfield Healthcare Center and its patients. Specifically, the requirement that an abortion provider have clinical privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where the abortion is performed would cause the immediate cessation of all abortion services in Southwest Missouri. Further, the provision creating civil liability for anyone who "cause[s], aid[s], or assist[s] a minor to obtain an abortion without [parental] consent" 1 Case 2:05-cv-04296-NKL Document 10 Filed 09/16/2005 Page 1 of 3 Dockets.Justia.com threatens an immediate chilling effect on all abortion counseling within Missouri and nearby states until the scope of the provision can be determined. Plaintiff has also demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of its argument that the cessation of all abortion services in Southwest Missouri imposes an undue burden on a woman's reproductive rights without providing added health or safety benefits and perhaps causing additional risks. Plaintiff has also demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the vagueness challenge to the "aid and assist" language of the statute: as evidenced during the Court's telephone conference on the issuance of the TRO, even counsel for the Defendants could not agree with each other over the scope of the law. Although the vagueness question may require abstention until Missouri courts can determine whether the aid and assist language may be construed so as to avoid any constitutional issue, the Court concludes that it is likely that the Plaintiff will ultimately be successful in striking down both 188.080 and 188.250. Therefore maintenance of the status quo at this time is appropriate. The public interest is also served by allowing the parties and the Court more time to consider the complicated constitutional implications of these provisions. Balancing the irreparable harm to the Plaintiff against the burden on Missouri by temporarily enjoining enforcement, and considering the likelihood that Plaintiff will be successful on all or some of its claims, the Court will preserve the status quo until it can conduct a full preliminary injunction hearing and resolve the abstention issue. Accordingly, it is hereby 2 Case 2:05-cv-04296-NKL Document 10 Filed 09/16/2005 Page 2 of 3 ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order is GRANTED; and it is ORDERED that Plaintiffs shall post a $100 security pending the outcome of the hearing to decide the Motion for Preliminary Injunction, and it is ORDERED that Defendants are enjoined from enforcing recent amendments to Mo. Rev. Stat. 188.080 and 188.250 made by Senate Bill No. 1, 93rd Gen. Assem., 1st Extr. Sess., as enacted on September 15, 2005, for twenty days from the date of this ORDER or as otherwise ordered by the Court. s/ Nanette K. Laughrey NANETTE K. LAUGHREY United States District Judge Dated: September 16, 2005 Jefferson City, Missouri 3 Case 2:05-cv-04296-NKL Document 10 Filed 09/16/2005 Page 3 of 3

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