JEFFERSON CITY — A failed bid by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to shut down Missouri’s lone abortion provider will cost taxpayers $140,000.
In a decision issued Friday, Administration Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi granted Planned Parenthood’s request to pay legal fees connected to the case, as well as another $6,600 that was spent on an expert witness.
Charles Hatfield, once a top aide to former Gov. Jay Nixon, was the lead attorney in the case.
The decision marks the latest fallout from the Republican administration’s high-profile loss in an effort that began after Parson took office in 2018.
A four-day trial in October 2019 highlighted the administration’s efforts to close the facility by denying it a license to operate based on allegations that Planned Parenthood had botched abortions.
A March 2019 inspection, for example, found that a woman had undergone an abortion that took five attempts to complete. The health department investigated other instances when women underwent multiple procedures to complete an abortion and found four.