Missouri Family E-News

November 10, 2015

          
Reports on Fetal Remains Not Filed
with State


A contractor for Planned Parenthood in St. Louis has acknowledged that the firm has been in continuing violation of state law.

Officials with Pathology Services, Inc, have admitted that the company has failed to file pathology reports with state health officers concerning abortions performed at Planned Parenthood.

Under Missouri law, it is required that a certified pathologist examine "a representative sample of tissue" from the remains of an aborted preborn child.

The law then stipulates that  a copy of the pathologist's report be filed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).  A copy is also to be included in the patient's permanent record at the abortion facility or hospital where the abortion was performed.

Dr. James Miller, owner of Pathology Services, has now publicly conceded that his company was sending the reports to Planned Parenthood, rather than to state authorities. 

The failure of the lab to comply with state law raises new questions about the oversight being provided by DHSS of the abortion industry in Missouri.  How individuals in the department responsible for receiving and verifying such reports would fail to notice that none have been submitted regarding procedures done at the state's leading abortion clinic is incomprehensible.

This gross negligence by the Department comes as no surprise.  The Missouri Family Policy Council revealed last summer that DHSS had failed to perform required annual inspections of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility in eight of the last fourteen years.

DHSS Director Gail Vasterling has been called before legislative committees in the Missouri Senate and House to provide an explanation for the Department's dereliction of duty in keeping abortion providers accountable under state law.

Her response has been to plead ignorance of virtually any and all of the Department's operations.  Vasterling has now resigned her post rather than face further questions from incredulous legislators.

The disposal of the remains of aborted unborn children has become a subject of intense focus due to the national outrage over undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees engaged in the trafficking of baby body parts.

Attorney General Chris Koster announced in late September that a review by his office found that Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was not engaged in the sale of organs or tissue from children who have been aborted.

"We have discovered no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood's St. Louis facility is selling fetal tissue," Koster stated.  The Attorney General concluded that the remains of 317 preborn children all ended up at an incinerator in Indianapolis, Indiana.

However, Senator Kurt Schaefer, the Chairman of Senate Sanctity of Human Life Committee, says that Koster's investigation is "incomplete."  Schaefer points out that the study was confined to a one-month period in June of this year.

"The Attorney General did not actually interview any witnesses; they only reviewed some documents over a short period of time," Schaeffer says.  "An incomplete investigation is not going to deter us from finding the truth."

Representative Diane Franklin, the Chairwoman of the House Children and Families Committee, says that her committee's investigation will continue as well.

"What we find about the abortion procedure is that it's cloaked in mystery.  You can't find out what's going on or why it's happening.  People who are in charge aren't held accountable."
  

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Legislator Discovers
New Mizzou Ties with
Planned Parenthood
 
A Missouri State Senator has uncovered fresh evidence of collaboration between the University of Missouri and the state's leading abortion provider.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia has discovered a "research study" being conducted by the University which assists Planned Parenthood in marketing its "abortion services."

The study is being undertaken with university funding at the Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in  St. Louis City.  The purpose of the study, under the auspices of the University's School of Social Work, is to examine the impact of a recently adopted Missouri law requiring a 72-hour period for abortions.

Documents obtained by Senator Schaefer state that the public "benefit" of the study is to "help Planned Parenthood...improve its services to better meet the needs of women seeking abortions."  Senator Schaefer also determined that the adviser for the study is Dr. Marjorie Sable, the Director of the School of Social Work.  Sable also coincidentally serves as the Secretary of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

The study is intended to include 200 women who have obtained abortions or are considering aborting their child.  Participants in the study will be entered into drawings to receive Visa gift cards.

Senator Schaefer sharply criticized the University of Missouri for the latest evidence of an ongoing partnership with Planned Parenthood.  "This study does not appear to be designed as an objective, unbiased research project, but rather as a marketing aid for Planned Parenthood--one that is funded, in part or in whole, by taxpayer dollars."

"It is difficult to understand how a research study approved by the University, conducted by a University student, and overseen by the Director of Social Work,  can be perceived as anything but an expenditure of public funds to aid Planned Parenthood...in violation of Missouri law," Schaeffer says in a letter to University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.  Missouri law expressly  prohibits the use of state employees, state facilities, or state funds to assist in the performance of elective abortions.

The latest revelation about Mizzou's abortion connection makes one thing abundantly clear--Missouri's new 72-hour waiting period law must be working.  The study documents state that the purpose of the research is to determine "why a significant number of women sign the 72-hour consent form to have an abortion, but then never return to the clinic to have the abortion procedure."

The Missouri General Assembly enacted the 72-hour waiting period law during the 2014 legislative session, which was initiated by Senator David Sater of Cassville.  The Missouri Family Policy Council was a major advocate of the 72-hour "reflection period" between the time a woman visits an abortion clinic and an abortion can be performed.

When a woman considering abortion first meets with staff at an abortion clinic, she is provided with informed consent materials produced by the state.  They include information about the nature and risks of the abortion procedure, the intrauterine development of the preborn child, and alternatives to the abortion procedure.  The waiting period law is designed to provide the woman with sufficient time to review this information and fully explore her options.
The University of Missouri has faced withering criticism from pro-life legislators and leaders since it was learned over the summer that University Hospital had collaborated with Planned Parenthood to reopen their abortion clinic in Columbia.  The clinic resumed performing chemical abortions as a result of clinical privileges granted by University Hospital to Planned Parenthood's abortionist, Dr. Colleen McNicholas.

Missouri law requires that any physician performing or inducing abortions must have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.  State health officials reactivated the operating license of the Planned Parenthood clinic based on the actions of University Hospital.  Dr. McNicholas was informed last December by the chief of staff of University Hospital that she had been appointed to the hospital's "organized medical staff" with detailed onsite privileges.

The staff privileges granted to McNicholas were clearly based on politics and not medicine.  McNicholas has no active medical practice in the Columbia area or anywhere in mid-Missouri.  Her medical office is at the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, where she serves on the staff of Barnes Jewish Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin came under fire after he provided misleading testimony to a state legislative committee investigating Planned Parenthood.  Loftin falsely characterized the University's relationship with McNicholas, and denied any active complicity by University staff in Planned Parenthood's abortion business.  It was subsequently revealed that a University of Missouri nursing professor who also serves as a nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood had worked with McNicholas to help her obtain staff privileges at University Hospital.

In September, Chancellor Loftin reversed course and announced that the University was terminating its working arrangement with McNicholas, calling it "outdated and unnecessary."  He also announced that the University was scrapping ten other working agreements with Planned Parenthood facilities around the state.  Under those contracts, graduate students in obstetrics could complete clinical hours learning how to perform or assist in surgical abortions at Planned Parenthood.

Now Loftin is reversing course again.  The University's Sinclair School of Nursing has signed four new site agreements with Planned Parenthood so that nursing students can receive training in "women's health" at Planned Parenthood.

Where the University's sloppy and sleazy behavior goes from here is hard to predict in the light of yesterday's resignation of University President Tim Wolfe.  Yet in the midst of the many firestorms on the Mizzou campus, Senator Schaefer says  he is not backing down.  "I'm all for unbiased academic research.  This does not appear to be unbiased academic research." 

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