The Chancellor of the University of Missouri is under fire for providing conflicting testimony regarding the University's relationship with the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Columbia. State legislative committees are examining the manner in which state
health officials issued a license to allow Planned Parenthood to resume their abortion business at the Columbia clinic.
In an appearance before the Senate Sanctity of Human Life Committee last week, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin
denied that the Missouri University Health Care System had granted staff privileges to the doctor performing chemical abortions at the Columbia clinic. The focus of the controversy is on the hospital affiliation of Dr. Colleen McNicholas
, who is also a leading abortionist at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis.
In testimony before the Senate committee, Chancellor Loftin insisted that Dr. McNicholas had only been granted "refer and follow privileges" at University Hospital. Lofton insists that these privileges do not allow McNicholas to admit patients, write orders, prescribe treatment, or perform procedures. "She
cannot do anything in the hospital but come in the door," Loftin told the committee.
Yet a document obtained by Senator Kurt Schaefer, Chairman of the Senate committee, contradicts Loftin's statements. In a letter dated December 16th, 2014, University Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Bert Bachrach informs Dr. McNicholas that her request for "clinical privileges" has been approved, and congratulates her on her appointment to the hospital's "organized medical staff."
The letter provided McNicholas with a copy of medical staff bylaws, hospital manuals and policies, and access to the hospital's electronic medical records system. Dr. McNicholas was provided with an official University
Hospital ID badge, guaranteeing her access to restricted areas. In separate correspondence, Dr. McNicholas was advised that her medical privileges at the hospital were unrestricted in emergency situations.
All of this is a far cry from "she cannot do anything in the hospital but come in the door." And it is a shoddy medical arrangement for a drive-by abortionist who has no active physician practice in the community. Dr. McNicholas is a Washington University Medical Center physician who is on the staff of Barnes Hospital and Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis more than 100 miles away.
Chancellor Loftin attempted to further mislead the Senate committee by claiming that the University of Missouri was an unfortunate victim of circumstances. He argued that University Hospital had no choice but to grant some form of privileges to Dr. McNicholas under federal law or face the loss of federal funding. He cited a federal statute prohibiting discrimination against physicians due to their participation in abortions.
Yet additional documents obtained by Senator Schaefer reveal that Missouri University staff played an active role in recruiting Dr. McNicholas to perform abortions at the Columbia clinic through affiliation with University Hospital. The e-mail correspondence obtained by Senator Schaefer involves the conversations of Kristin Metcalf-Wilson
, who is an assistant teaching professor in the University's School of Nursing.
The string of e-mails detail discussions between Metcalf-Wilson and Dr. McNicholas. The exchange makes it clear that Metcalf-Wilson is coaching McNicholas to obtain clinical privileges at University Hospital. It just so happens that Metcalf-Wilson is the lead nurse-practitioner for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates the Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic.