Planned Parenthood CEO summoned over Senate subpoena

2 years 3 months 5 days ago Thursday, April 14 2016 Apr 14, 2016 Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:28:00 PM CDT April 14, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have voted to summon a regional Planned Parenthood CEO to explain why she should not be held in contempt of the state Senate for defying a subpoena that demanded documents on how the organization handles fetal remains.

The contempt resolution passed by the Senate on Thursday orders Mary Kogut to the chamber April 25 to justify why she has not complied. Senators also approved a measure that summons James Miller, whose company reviews tissue from Planned Parenthood, for the same date.

A Planned Parenthood attorney has said lawmakers demanded documents unrelated to their investigation into fetal tissue donation.

The Missouri Constitution allows lawmakers to punish those held in contempt with a fine and 10 days in jail. Records show that hasn't happened in more than a century.

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