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...