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 Jeff City Update
Missouri Family E-News October 5, 2009
 
Kirksville Planned Parenthood Shuts Down
 
Families in Northeast Missouri have reason to celebrate with the news that the Planned Parenthood clinic in Kirksville is shutting down.  Tri-Rivers Planned Parenthood is closing its Kirksville clinic after 38 years of operation. 
 
A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood says the decision was made because of fewer clients, a lack of donations, and a shortage of rural nurse practitioners.  The spokeswoman says that Tri-Rivers Planned Parenthood will be redirecting their resources to other clinics located in Rolla and Lake of the Ozarks.  
 
Rita Diller, national director of American Life League's Stop Planned Parenthood project, says this is the fourteenth Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States that has announced it is closing its doors this year.    American Life League reports that there are now a total of 16 Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri, two of which perform abortions, located in St. Louis and Columbia.  The other clinics serve as referral bases for the abortion clinics.
 
Please offer prayers of thanksgiving that women in northeast Missouri will no longer be victimized by the anti-life philosophy of Planned Parenthood. 
 
Campaign Heats Up to Keep Abortion Out of Federal Health Care Bill
 
Concerted efforts continue to stop the inclusion of abortion coverage in the federal health care legislation being pushed through Congress by the Obama Administration.  The Senate Finance Committee this past week defeated amendments which would have banned the use of health care dollars or subsidies for abortion. 
 
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah offered an amendment to "prohibit authorized or appropriated federal funds...from being used for elective abortions and plans that cover such abortions."  The amendment was defeated by a vote of 13-10.  Hatch also authored an amendment which would have prohibited the use of federal funds for assisted suicide and offer conscience protections to medical providers. 
 
The Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List are continuing their campaign to keep taxpayer dollars from paying for the killing of unborn children.  The campaign is called "Stop the Abortion Mandate."  You can communicate with your representatives in Congress on this issue through the Stop the Abortion Mandate website by clicking this link:
 
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St. Louis University Denies Involvement in Abortion Training Program
 
Officials with St. Louis University are denying any involvement in an abortion training program conducted by Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in partnership with Planned Parenthood.
 
 
Known as the Family Planning Fellowship, the program teaches medical students to become "experts" in all methods of first and second trimester abortions.  Students gain their "expertise" in destroying preborn children at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis and at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
 
The website of the Family Planning Fellowship stated that Washington University was collaborating with St. Louis University "to accomplish the goals of the program."  Candidates for the fellowship were advised that they could obtain a Master's Degree in Public Health from the St. Louis University School of Public Health.
 
Officials at St. Louis University "declined" to allow us to talk to the leadership of the School of Public Health.  Instead, they issued a statement through Jeff Fowler, the university's Associate Vice-President for Marketing and Communications.
 
In that statement, St. Louis University insists that they have not collaborated in any way with Washington University in the operation of the program.  Fowler says the university was unaware it had been linked with the program on the Fellowship's website, and that the information on the website is not true. 
 
The statement adds, "St. Louis University is committed to acting consistently with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  As a Catholic and Jesuit university, St. Louis University's mission, vision, and values support the Catholic Church's teaching and positions on abortion and contraception.  The University does not and would not support or collaborate with any program that is in conflict with those positions."
 
Fowler tells us that noone at St. Louis University had even heard of the program till it was revealed earlier this month by the Missouri Family Policy Council.  Fowler said,  "We may never know exactly who posted the text on the website, but it was erroneous and done without St. Louis University's knowledge."
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that Washington University has apologized for including St. Louis University in the website information.  A spokeswoman for Washington University declared that "St. Louis University faculty have never been involved in the fellowship program."  The spokeswoman refused to answer questions about how the information ended up on the website, and hung up on the Post-Dispatch reporter.
 
References to St. Louis University have supposedly been removed from the Family Planning Fellowship website.  
Dr. Tessa Madden of Washington University, co-director of the program, requested that the changes be made.
 
St. Louis area Catholics and alumni of St. Louis University have expressed concern that two of the research mentors for the Family Planning Fellowship Program, Drs. Jenifer Allsworth and Gina Secura, are adjunct faculty members in the St. Louis University School of Public Health who also teach at Washington University.  A third mentor, Dr. Mario Shootman, was listed as an adjunct faculty member in the St. Louis University School of Public Health as recently as last week.
 
Fowler provided this statement concerning the mentors who are adjunct professors:  "St. Louis University, like most colleges and universities, uses part-time or adjunct faculty to teach some courses...Any faculty from Washington University in St. Louis who have taught in St. Louis University's School of Public Health, taught specific introductory classes...which [are] guided by our Catholic, Jesuit mission and values.  There is absolutely no affiliation between any courses taught at SLU by adjuncts and the Fellowship in Family Planning Program."
 
The Missouri Family Policy Council has sent letters to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees at Washington University and the President and Board of Directors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital calling on them to terminate their partnership with Planned Parenthood in the Family Planning Fellowship Program.
 
We will have more information on this subject in future editions of the Jeff City Update.
 
 
  
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