Another Showdown in Missouri: Planned Parenthood Refuses to Comply with Legislative Subpoena

In a defiant and obstructive act meant to deny critical information to Missouri legislators, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is refusing to honor a subpoena issued by a legislative committee investigating Planned Parenthood. The Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, headed by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, issued a subpoena for records related to about fifty incidents of medical emergencies that occurred at Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis abortion facility. The Committee allowed for Planned Parenthood to redact any patient identifying information. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood held a telephonic press conference on Friday complaining about the investigation and announcing that they would refuse to comply with the legislative subpoena, prompting a legal showdown with the Legislature. “I guess there’s something they don’t want us to find out,” Schaefer told reporters in response to Planned Parenthood’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation, which was prompted by the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress over the summer… Sen. Schaefer has indicated that consequences of refusing to comply with a legislative subpoena include jail time and fines, but specific action will be considered by the full Senate… Earlier, Schaefer’s committee uncovered an illegal relationship between Planned Parenthood and Missouri University. MU employees using state funds recruited and assisted a Planned Parenthood abortionist, Colleen McNicholas, to obtain what were later found to be bogus hospital privileges from University Hospital that were then deceptively used by Planned Parenthood to obtain a state abortion facility license and resume abortions at their Columbia facility. As a result, MU withdrew McNicholas’ “refer and follow” privileges, which should have forced...

Inmate Resisted Pressure to Abort at SC Planned Parenthood, Births Healthy Baby Boy

Earlier this year, Operation Rescue posted photos and a story about an inmate from the South Carolina prison inmate who was escorted into the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in May, handcuffed and crying. The incident took place on May 30, 2015. At the time, it appeared that the distraught woman, who was inside the Planned Parenthood clinic for about two hours, had an abortion, raising questions about why a state-run prison facility was expending tax money to facilitate and/or subsidize an abortion. Today, we have a happy update on what appeared to be a tragic story. A blog site, FitsNews.com has reported that it tracked down the inmate’s husband, Harvie Coates, who reports that his wife, Brook, gave birth seven weeks early to their son, Kooper Bryan Coates. Dad is caring for Kooper, who is reportedly putting on weight and is healthy and much loved. But Harvie Coates also had something disturbing to say about his wife’s visit to Planned Parenthood. Here is an excerpt from the FitsNews.com story posted November 13, 2015: [Harvie] almost didn’t get the chance to care for Kooper. Both prison officials and Planned Parenthood staffers reportedly urged Brook Coates to abort her son, her husband told us. “They were saying she needed to do it,” Harvie Coates said. “They said she wouldn’t survive the pregnancy.” Apparently Brook Coates had a very difficult delivery with one of her other children and there were concerns about her blood pressure spiking during childbirth. But the couple “thought about it and prayed about it” and after consulting with their pastor they decided to have the baby. “I’m glad...

Missouri Down to One Abortion Business After Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions in Columbia; On Hold Until End of 2015

UPDATE: On hold due to injunction until 31 December 2015 A Missouri Planned Parenthood stopped doing abortions Monday [23 Nov 15], leaving just one abortion site in the state. The move came after Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who did abortions at the Planned Parenthood business in Columbia, lost her “refer and follow” hospital admitting privileges at the University of Missouri Health Care, according to the Columbia Tribune. Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/24/moms-heartbreaking-pictures-of-baby-miscarried-at-16-weeks-show-humanity-of-unborn-children/   Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions at Missouri’s Second-to-Last Abortion Facility Hospital admitting privilege requirements have led to a Columbia Planned Parenthood ending its surgical abortion services, leaving the state of Missouri with just one abortion facility. In September, a University of Missouri Health Care panel voted to cease offering “refer and follow” privileges (which allow doctors to only refer patients but leave patient care to the hospital’s doctors), which were how Planned Parenthood initially obtained the credentials to perform abortions in the state. The decision would render the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortionist ineligible for privileges that satisfy state law, effective December 1, leading to Planned Parenthood’s closure. Now the state’s last abortion facility will be a Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. The change was partially inspired by ongoing scandal over Planned Parenthood’s sale of organs from aborted babies, though state investigators did not find evidence the Missouri Planned Parenthood affiliate was involved in the organ harvesting business. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri CEO, Laura McQuade, said her organization will attempt to pressure the University of Missouri into reversing its decision, and has expressed hope that the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming hearing of similar laws in Texas...

Missouri University Ends Planned Parenthood Abortionist’s Privileges as of December 1 / UPDATE: Not Quite…

UPDATES 3 Dec 2015 Missouri Judge Allows Unqualified Planned Parenthood to Keep its Abortion License for Now Legislature fights back by filing a bill to protect women from shoddy providers When Missouri University cancelled Colleen McNicholas’ deficient “refer and follow” privileges, it created a crisis at the Planned Parenthood office in Columbia, Missouri. Not only did they no longer have an abortionist that could legally continue abortions there, but it also meant that they were no longer qualified for licensure as an abortion facility. Knowing they could not comply with the legal requirements of licensure, Planned Parenthood sued and obtained a temporary injunction blocking the State from revoking its facility license. In a teleconference hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, extended the injunction to December 30, 2015, in order to give Planned Parenthood more time to find a new abortionist with local hospital privileges to replace McNicholas. Laughrey is a 1995 nominee of pro-abortion President Bill Clinton. “The main purpose of the judiciary is to interpret the laws, not circumvent them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Since Planned Parenthood cannot meet the legal requirements, the clinic should not be allowed to maintain its abortion facility license. It’s just that simple.” Right now, Planned Parenthood cannot legally do abortions because it has no abortionist that can qualify for local hospital privileges, a compliance issue for Planned Parenthood that has kept abortions out of Columbia on and off for years. Meanwhile, the Missouri Legislature has filed its first bill pushing back against the unaccountability of Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos released by the Center for Medical...

Showdown between Missouri State Senate Committee, Health Dept. Official Reveals Planned Parenthood Improperly Issued an Abortion License; Committee Also Seeks to Discover How Planned Parenthood Disposes of Aborted Babies

State money was illegally used to facilitate abortions in Columbia while missing pathology reports on abortions in St. Louis raise concerns of fetal tissue trafficking. Missouri State Sen. Kurt Schaefer is not very happy with the State Department of Health and Senior Services, or the Missouri University, for that matter. As Chairman of the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, Schaefer has been tasked with overseeing an investigation of Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that showed evidence that at least some Planned Parenthood affiliates engage in the illegal selling of human fetal remains for profit and even unethically alter abortion procedures to ensure that more remains are suitable for sale to biotech companies. Yesterday’s hearing continued a showdown between committee members, the DHHS, and Missouri University, which both make every effort to prevent the committee from obtaining important information about two Planned Parenthood facilities in St. Louis and Columbia. But the drama began in earnest on August 13, 2014 [sic], when Schaefer squared off with Missouri’s DHSS Director Gail Vasterling over her department’s licensing of a Planned Parenthood center in Columbia. The license cleared the way for the Columbia facility to resume medication abortions on August 3, 2015, for the first time since 2012, when an abortionist quit and a replacement could not be found. Planned Parenthood has indicated it plans to resume surgical abortions at the Columbia business in early 2016. Vasterling refused to answer questions about whether or not Planned Parenthood’s newly hired abortionist, Colleen McNicholas, an employee of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, held...