In Missouri, Planned Parenthood is closing one of its facilities in Grandview and redirecting their clients to their facility in Overland Park. The Grandview facility doesn’t provide abortions; instead they provide abortion referrals, STD testing and contraception.
The president and CEO of the facility, Laura McQuade, said, “We had a lot of patient overlap and we felt that by consolidating bricks and mortar – we’re bringing over the clinical staff to Overland Park – we can expand services to other health centers.”
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2011 another abortion-referral only Planned Parenthood closed down in Missouri and started sending patients to their Columbia office. Michelle Trupiano, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and mid-Missouri, said the following about the closure: “We’re a nonprofit, and it was just a matter of utilizing our resources in the most effective way for the community of mid-Missouri.”
Currently, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis is Missouri’s only abortion facility and they’ve had 27 botched abortions in the last five years.
Troy Newman, the Director of Operation Rescue said, “We consider the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis to be among the most dangerous abortion facilities in the country. We are grateful to local citizens who have documented the long list of medical emergencies there so that the public can be made aware of the truth about the dangers of Planned Parenthood’s shoddy practices that routinely endanger the lives of women.”
Unfortunately, the Missouri legislature recently failed to pass a pro-life bill that would increase mandatory inspection of abortion facilities. The sponsor of the bill (HB 190), Kathy Swan, is a former registered nurse and said her bill was about accountability as a state and providing quality health care. She also said that her legislation would ensure that proper protocols are followed.
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However, Planned Parenthood wasn’t too happy about the proposed legislation. The abortion giant’s spokeswoman, M’Evie Mead, says the deficiencies found were fixed immediately and the facility does not have a problem with inspections. She said, “Right now, to us, it looks like it’s not health and safety motivated, it looks like it’s politically motivated. We are committed to safety; we do a lot of safety measurements. We have rigorous safety standards and in that is included getting inspected by the Department of Health as they see fit, as frequently as they see fit.” She added that if the abortion facility is going to be inspected more frequently, every ambulatory surgical center should be as well.