Missouri lawmakers to investigate Planned Parenthood site
JEFFERSON CITY - Two Republican state lawmakers said they plan to investigate Missouri's only abortion facility after anti-abortion activists released an undercover video showing Planned Parenthood's national medical director discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.
The video released Tuesday shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers. Planned Parenthood says it legally helps women who want to make not-for-profit donations of their fetus' organs for scientific research.
Missouri Reps. Andrew Koenig and Diane Franklin said they'd coordinate a joint investigation into whether the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis sold aborted fetuses for profit.
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri said the investigation is "moot" because none of its Missouri facilities participate in the fetal program. Planned Parenthood issued a video response Friday and said the video falsely portrayed the organization's participation in tissue donation programs.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and mid-Missouri said in a statement released Friday:
"The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true. Our donation programs - like any other high-quality health care providers - follow all laws and ethical guidelines. Over our 100-year history, we have continually engaged leading medical experts to shape our practices, policies, and high standards - and always will."
The investigation came after Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder called for hearings Thursday into Planned Parenthood's practices.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove information from an un-related story and distinguish two different factions of Planned Parenthood.]