Missouri is the first U.S. state to be free of abortions reported the pro-life organization Operation Rescue in a detailed report on the status of facilities dedicated to performing the procedure throughout the country.

“A total of 45 abortion facilities closed or halted abortions nationwide in 2020, leaving one state without an active abortion facility,” the report states, adding, “Missouri has become the first Abortion-Free State—at least in practice for now.”

Abortionist Planned Parenthood still has a facility in St. Louis, Missouri, but it has been inactive for months and there have been no visits for future dates either.

“While … Planned Parenthood remains open and licensed for abortions, we confirmed that none are being done there. That means this facility is currently acting only as an abortion referral center. There is no operational abortion facility in the State of Missouri, making it the first Abortion-Free State at this time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services (RHS), the only facility that performs abortions in Missouri, was licensed in May 2020 after a legal battle with the Department of Health that accused the organization of failing to meet safety standards required by local regulations.

However, the abortion facility voluntarily stopped performing the procedure and likewise halted distributing abortion-inducing pills its unwillingness to comply with state laws and regulating the drugs.

“All abortion appointments are now being referred to the Fairview Heights Planned Parenthood facility across the Mississippi River in Illinois,” explains the Operation Rescue report.

“It is obvious that Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, which operates RHSPP, seeks to avoid having to comply with Missouri’s strong pro-life laws, and has opted to abort in Illinois where abortion facilities are essentially unaccountable. This shows a gross disrespect for the lives and safety of the women Planned Parenthood purports to serve.”

According to the Washington Examiner, in May 2019 the Missouri Legislature passed strict anti-abortion laws, banning abortions after 8 weeks of pregnancy, without exception. Gov. Mike Parson signed the law.

There are 706 abortion facilities in the United States.

When President Trump took office in 2017, 27 abortion clinics were closed. In 2020 only 4 facilities closed nationwide.

“The decline in surgical abortion facilities continues to be bad news for the Abortion Cartel, but is great news for women and their babies,” said Newman. “Surgical abortion facilities are still the most numerous and the most profitable, so when they shut down, it is great news that means lives are being saved.”