Missouri Family E-News

August 11, 2015

Columbia Abortion Clinic Focus
of Probe

A Missouri state senator is calling for the suspension of the license of Planned Parenthood's Columbia abortion clinic pending the results of an investigation.

Officials at Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri recently announced that they would be reopening the Columbia clinic for the performance of chemical abortions.

The abortion clinic has suspended operations at various times in recent years because of a lack of qualified medical personnel to conduct abortions.

State Senator Kurt Schaeffer of Columbia has written a letter to Gail Vasterling, the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, asking that the license be suspended.

Senator Schaeffer questions whether the clinic is in compliance with state regulations governing the physical and equipment requirements for the operation of ambulatory surgical centers.

"The law does not appear to allow any license issuance without full compliance and does not give the Department discretion to issue conditional licenses," Schaeffer wrote in his letter.

As a result of a federal court settlement, Planned Parenthood agreed in May of 2010 to make modifications to its Columbia facility to come into compliance with state abortion clinic regulations.

Director Vasterling has also been subpoenaed to appear before a recently convened Senate Sanctity of Life Committee chaired by Senator Schaeffer.

"The issues with Planned Parenthood in Missouri go beyond the shocking videos that outraged us all and we are investigating for possible criminal activity," Schaefer said in a statement.

"I am deeply troubled by irregularities and possible violations of statutes regarding the Columbia facility license.  The purpose of the subpoena is to help the committee find the truth."

In the meantime, pro-life rallies have been held at the Planned Parenthood facilities in St. Louis and Columbia to express outrage over the recent videos revealing Planned Parenthood affiliates trafficking in baby body parts.

At the Columbia rally, Catherine Hanaway, a former Missouri Speaker of the House and federal prosecutor, said she was "disgusted, sickened, and angered by what I've seen in those videos."

"The videos speak for themselves.  You seem them negotiating the price of baby hearts,lungs,livers...Imagine just for a moment if the procedures described were being performed on puppies.  America would be up in arms.  It's time they were up in arms on behalf of the unborn."

Planned Parenthood has released a statement maintaining that their Missouri affiliates "do not participate in tissue donation programs."

That doesn't answer the question as to whether Planned Parenthood's business partners at Barnes Hospital and Washington University Medical Center are engaging in the trafficking of baby body parts.

In one of the recent videos, Planned Parenthood's senior medical director said that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood operation was "an untapped supplier" of baby body parts.

State Senator Eric Schmitt was among those who spoke at the rally outside Reproductive Health Services, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Missouri.

"The sale of fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood is truly degrading to human life and cannot be permitted to continue."


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McCaskill  Votes to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood 

Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has joined her Democratic colleagues in blocking legislation which would have eliminated federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider.

Last week, the U.S. Senate refused to take up for a vote a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.  The Senate voted 53-46 for a cloture motion to suspend further debate on the measure. However, 60 votes are required to shut down debate and bring the issue to a vote.  Senator McCaskill voted against the cloture motion.  Missouri's other U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, who supports defunding Planned Parenthood, voted for the cloture motion.

The Senate had moved quickly to consider the legislation following the release of a series of ghastly undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of baby body parts from aborted preborn children.  The videos exposed leading medical authorities at Planned Parenthood nonchalantly haggling over the terms of trafficking in the intact organs of unborn children, which is illegal under federal law.

While Senator McCaskill acknowledged the videos were disturbing, she nonetheless claimed that defunding Planned Parenthood would "take away money for birth control for millions of women across the country."  This despite the fact that contraception is available for indigent women at most county health departments and community action agencies.  The provisions of Obamacare also require that all health insurance policies provide contraception for free without co-pays or co-insurance.

Senator Roy Blunt was a co-sponsor of the bill sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst.  Blunt says the $540 million in federal dollars funneled to the abortion giant each year needs to go to organizations with "less troubling standards than the ones we've seen recently from Planned Parenthood."

"The video footage of Planned Parenthood executives continues to raise deeply troubling questions, and like most Americans, I am appalled by the disturbing actions these videos describe," Blunt says.  "It is clear that Planned Parenthood is not the right place for any federal dollars. 

"We will ensure every dollar taken away from Planned Parenthood will go toward women's health care through our community health centers and other providers," Blunt added.  "Missouri community health centers serve almost half-a-million people and would provide the same kinds of services that the federal government funds through Planned Parenthood.

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, was encouraged by the vote.  The last time the U.S. Senate attempted to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, which occurred in 2011, there were only 44 votes in favor of the measure.

"While Americans are divided over abortion, we see common ground quickly forming to ensure that tax dollars aren't sent to an organization that sifts through aborted babies' body parts to see which organs can be salvaged and sold," Perkins said.  "Trafficking body parts is only the latest scandal for an organization that has faced allegations of covering up sex trafficking, engaging in sex selection abortion, and even violating the law criminalizing partial-birth abortion."
In the latest set of videos, a Planned Parenthood executive describes in hideous detail how the organization preserves for sale intact organs from preborn children from 14 to 22 weeks gestation.  Melissa Farrell, President of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, says that if a buyer wants specific organs, "we bake that into our contract...Some of our doctors do it in a way that they get the best specimens...If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can...split the specimens into different shipments.  It's just a matter of line items."

While munching on her lunch, Farrell said she enjoys examining the remains of aborted children.  "It would be exciting if you needed it dissected, because LaShonda and I are most Curious George of the group.  I know it's sickening on some level, but it's fun."

The undercover videos are the result of an extended investigation by a group called The Center for Medical Progress.  A federal judge recently issued an order prohibiting the group from releasing any further videos detailing discussions of the National Abortion Federation at their annual meetings.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick says he issued the order because the abortion industry trade group would suffer "irreparable injury...in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation."  It turns out that Judge Orrick's wife is a vocal pro-abortion activist.

We encourage you to contact your U.S. Senators to let them know how you feel about their votes on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

You can contact Senator McCaskill at this link:
Senator McCaskill

You can contact Senator Blunt by using this link:
Senator Blunt 

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