Georgia residents Christian and Justin Moore received a happy surprise when they went to a local Home Depot for supplies to build a walker for their disabled 2-year-old son, Logan. The toddler has hypotonia, which affects his ability to walk. When the parents said they wanted PVC pipe for a do-it-yourself walker, two employees and a store manager told them they would find the parts and build it for them at the store. “They told us to go get ice cream and come back in an hour,” Christian said. The employees then presented the parents with a bright orange walker, complete with wheels and Logan’s name. —S.G.
The only abortion facility in Missouri may close by the end of the week if state officials decide to allow its license to expire, according to Planned Parenthood officials on Tuesday.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services last week asked Planned Parenthood to address three issues with its operations in the state before it would renew the license, CBS News reported. The abortion facility agreed to respond to two of the three concerns—naming who at the facility provided state-mandated counseling and including an additional pelvic exam for women seeking an abortion—but the third proved more difficult. State health officials wanted to interview all seven abortionists affiliated with the facility about their “deficient practices,” but Planned Parenthood could only require the two on staff to cooperate. The other five, who are medical residents, declined to participate with the investigation.
If health officials revoke the license, Missouri would become the first state without an abortion facility since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, which led to the legalization of abortion nationwide. Planned Parenthood is planning to sue to keep the facility open.
The possible closure of the Planned Parenthood facility represents Missouri’s second major pro-life move in the past week. Last Friday, Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill into law that protects unborn children from abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy. —Kyle Ziemnick