Planned Parenthood supporters petition MU to renew contracts

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago November 03, 2015 Nov 3, 2015 Tuesday, November 03 2015 Tuesday, November 03, 2015 5:02:00 PM CST in News
By: Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA – MU for Planned Parenthood delivered more than 2,000 petitions to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin on Tuesday.

The petitions urge MU to reverse its decision to cancel contracts with Planned Parenthood and eliminate MU Health Care privileges for Planned Parenthood doctors.

MU spokesperson Mary Jo Banken said, "The Chancellor received the petition from a group of concerned students, faculty and community members. He had a productive meeting today with them and is committed to continuing discussions with them about these concerns."

The president of the local group, Laura McQuade, said: “We urge Chancellor Loftin to listen to the thousands of students, faculty, and community members demanding that he stand up for the rights of students, and the lives of all Missourians, by fully reinstating both the physician privileges and all training contracts between MU and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.”

MU decided to end the 26-year relationship with Planned Parenthoods on September 16.

The decision followed state lawmakers’ investigation of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood’s clinics.

MU revoked the hospital’s privileges for Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who was providing local abortions.

“The clock is ticking for Chancellor Loftin to restore physician privileges by December 1, a critical step ensuring that the full range of high quality reproductive health care services, including abortion, remain legal, available and accessible in Mid-Missouri," McQuade said. "The citizens of Missouri will not tolerate going back to being a single provider state.”

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