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."
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.
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
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.
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."
difficult to understand how a research study approved by the University,
conducted by a University student, and overseen by the Director of
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
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.
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.