Missouri AG: No evidence St. Louis clinic sells fetal tissue

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Abortion uproar in Missouri: Chris Koster clears Planned Parenthood but political group attacks medical research.

“This is against your mothers, your sisters and your daughters,” Democratic Rep. Now we know why it took Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster so long to report on his investigation into Planned Parenthood and the bogus allegations of profiting from the sale of fetal organs and tissue.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Democratic attorney general says an investigation by his office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood in St.Six in 10 Americans say they’re opposed to completely eliminating Planned Parenthood’s federal funding – including more than 40 percent who are “strongly” opposed, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Charles Rangel said. “We have come together on this issue for the salvation of our nation.” Rangel joined local Democrats and women’s advocates on the steps of City Hall on Monday to urge New Yorkers to reach out to their congressional leaders to fight for Planned Parenthood.

And strikingly, attitudes about Planned Parenthood are virtually unchanged months after a string of secretly taped videos showing Planned Parenthood employees talking about the use of fetal tissue and organs in scientific research from pregnancies that had been terminated at their facilities. Chris Koster, the sole Democratic candidate for governor in 2016, launched an investigation — as did the state Senate — into the organization after controversial videos were released in July alleging the organization sold fetal body parts.

This comes in the wake of undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists that accused the organization of selling fetal organs after abortions. Chris Koster’s report released Monday said a review of more than 300 abortions performed in June found that all tissue had been properly incinerated. Planned Parenthood has denied the accusations and said the videos are misleading. “All of those tapes that they have been releasing drop by drop are doctored.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said the organization is about family planning services, and that message is getting lost in the political rhetoric. “Three percent of their funding goes towards abortions, 42 percent goes to STD testing and treatment, 34 percent to contraception, 9 percent to cancer screening,” Brewer said. “Planned Parenthood provides nearly 400,000 Pap smears and 500,000 breast exams every year, detecting life-threatening cancers,” James said. “Planned Parenthood provides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Of course, opinions of Planned Parenthood vary by party: 73 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents have a positive view of the organization, compared with just 18 percent of Republicans. So will that quell the political demagoguery that already has led the University of Missouri to yield to bullying from a state Senate committee and revoke limited hospital privileges for a doctor who needed them in order to perform non-surgical abortions at Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic? The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Sept. 20-34 of 1,000 adults (including nearly 400 reached by cell phone), and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

When the lab completes its work, a waste-disposal company collects the tissue, takes it to the incinerator and destroys it. “The evidence reviewed by my investigators supports Planned Parenthood’s representation that fetal tissue is handled in accordance with Missouri law,” Koster said in a written statement. “We have discovered no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Planned Parenthood’s St. Some lawmakers on the far right have said federal money going to Planned Parenthood (which has come under criticism following the release of controversial, secretly recorded videos alleging the group was selling fetal parts) must be taken out of the must-pass legislation.

Kurt Schaefer, the committee chairman, never showed much interest in the fetal tissue allegations, even though that was the ostensible reason for forming the Senate’s “sanctity of life” committee. Kurt Schaefer, chairman of the Senate committee tasked with looking into the Planned Parenthood allegations, said Koster’s “incomplete” report would not put an end to the Senate’s probe. Koster’s office found that once the procedure is performed, the tissue is placed in a leakproof container and taken to Pathology Services Inc., a Brentwood-based lab contracted by the facility to conduct the examinations. The Columbia clinic proved to be a much more productive target for the ruthlessly ambitious Schaefer, a Republican who wants to replace Koster, a Democrat, as attorney general.

But without the threat of being kicked out over his head, Boehner will likely be able to push through a “clean” bill that includes the funding with the help of Democrats if necessary. Under state law, abortion providers must send a “representative sample of tissue” taken at the time of the abortion to a pathologist for examination. This is a reprise of the stem cell wars of a decade or so ago, when extremist legislators and groups drove scientists away and harmed Missouri’s academic and research climates with their efforts to outlaw certain types of stem cell research. Additionally, department Director Gail Vasterling previously told the Senate panel, called the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, she did not know what happened to the tissue following the examination.

This was determined by looking at invoices from the lab charging Planned Parenthood for the work and certification from the waste disposal company that the tissue was destroyed.

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