Planned Parenthood Opens New Abortion Business in Columbia, Missouri

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jul 20, 2015   |   9:48AM   |   Columbia, MO

In Missouri, Planned Parenthood plans to start performing abortions at their facility in Columbia, which is home to the University of Missouri. As LifeNews previously reported, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis is currently Missouri’s only abortion facility and they’ve had 27 botched abortions in the last five years.

The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, Laura McQuade, said, “In addition to the robust offering of family planning services already in place, an experienced physician will join the team of highly trained, compassionate health care professionals in Columbia to provide medication abortion services and restore abortion access in Mid-Missouri.”

She added, “We are proud to support women making their own health care decisions by expanding reproductive health services in an area where women have faced extreme barriers for too long.”

According to Fox News, earlier this week Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner held a press conference alongside Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Martha Roby (R-Ala) calling for committee hearings and investigations to begin on the recently released video showing Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussing the sale of fetal body parts.

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At the press conference, Rep. Wagner said, “The atrocities described in the video that surfaced yesterday are beyond grotesque. As a defender of the unborn, I joined my colleagues yesterday in calling for immediate committee hearings and an investigation. I thank Chairmen Upton and Goodlatte for taking such swift action to bring this issue forward in their committees.”

Troy Newman, the Director of Operation Rescue said the following about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business in Missouri: “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.

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.