In Missouri, Planned Parenthood plans to start performing abortions at their facility in Columbia, which is home to the University of Missouri. However, now pro-life legislators in the state are calling on Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the licensing of the abortion center because they haven’t complied with the Department of Health and Senior Services safety regulations.
The legislators calling for the investigation include former Speaker of the House Tim Jones and former Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller.
In a press release the legislators explain, “Ambulatory surgical centers are required to comply with DHSS regulations which protect the safety and well being of the patients. In a 2007 lawsuit, Planned Parenthood admitted that its Columbia facility would be unable to comply with these regulations. In the settlement of the lawsuit, Columbia Planned Parenthood was grandfathered into licensure.”
They continue, “Planned Parenthood has since lost its license. There is no indication that Planned Parenthood has renovated its building so as to meet the necessary requirements for an ambulatory surgical center. Planned Parenthood cannot forever evade the regulations surrounding ambulatory surgical centers. Nevertheless, the Columbia Planned Parenthood has been issued an ambulatory surgical center license and has stated its intention to resume abortions at the end of the month.”
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.”
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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 month 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.
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.