Contempt Charges, Jail Loom for Missouri Planned Parenthood’s CEO

Senate Committe on Sanctity of Human Life

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO — Is Planned Parenthood above the law? Developments in Missouri may finally answer that question and in the process could help tear away the veil of secrecy under which Planned Parenthood currently operates.

The Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, headed up by Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, is recommending contempt charges against Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, and James Miller, owner of Pathology Services, Inc., which issues pathology reports for all abortions done at Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis abortion facility.

Kogut and Miller were issued subpoenas for documents by the Committee in November, but a defiant Planned Parenthood announced that they would not comply. By the subpoena deadline, neither Kogut nor Miller appeared before the committee or produced any documents.

“I guess there’s something they don’t want us to find out,” Schaefer stated earlier when Planned Parenthood announced their intention not to comply with the subpoena.

The legislative committee is investigating Planned Parenthood and has already uncovered an illegal relationship between Missouri University and Planned Parenthood’s Columbia office that resulted the Planned Parenthood being forced to halt abortions in Columbia.

Now it is trying to get to the bottom of over fifty medical emergencies at the St. Louis abortion facility by subpoenaing medical records related to emergency ambulance transports there over the past several years. Patient privacy is not an issue since the subpoena allowed for patient identifying information to be redacted.

If the Missouri Senate passes a resolution that details Kogut and Miller’s contempt, the pair could face 10 days in jail and/or a $300 fine.

“In ignoring the legislative subpoena, Planned Parenthood is sending the message that they are above the law. We hope the Missouri Senate will let Planned Parenthood know that abortion businesses are not exempted from legal compliance,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. “This is all about Planned Parenthood covering up for their own wrongdoing and has nothing to do with patient privacy.”

Newman said that it is in the public’s interest to know why so many women are being hospitalized from botched abortions at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood.

Because of this, Operation Rescue is currently suing the St. Louis Fire Department, which has improperly withheld public 911 records from Operation Rescue in order to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny.

“Public records laws cannot just be ignored because an abortion business is involved,” said Newman. “This is just another example of how Planned Parenthood has convinced some people in authority that laws somehow do not apply when they are involved.”

Missouri has an opportunity to restore the rule of law and hold Planned Parenthood to the same legal accountability as any other business.

“Laws are meaningless if they do not apply equally to all or if they are never enforced. That goes for legislative subpoenas, public records laws, and every other regulation. It’s time Planned Parenthood and their cronies are ordered to play by the same rules as the rest of us,” said Newman.

  • Linda JJ

    This behavior by Planned Butcherhood is outrageous. How can they get away with this flagrant law breaking????? Is there nobody with the courage to hold these people accountable? God will one day hold ALL of us accountable.

  • JMICHAEL270

    Mandatory jail time plus fine for both.

  • ralph

    They are supported by the federal government which is the number one enemy of the united states. Nothing will happen to them for they have all of the federal government backing them and supporting ISIS 100%

  • eastedie33510

    Good for the The Missouri Senate Interim Committee. It is time PP accounted for their actions. Every state should grow a pair and follow suit in shutting down this butcher shop otherwise hiding behind the moniker Of “planned parenthood”. It is a for profit killing machine.

  • william g munson

    they don,t comply Jail all of those that are in charge Period

  • adrianvance

    And the Democrats back giving millions in Federal funding to these people? Where is my ballot? I want to vote!

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for clarity.

  • Vivavox

    Dr. James Miller voluntarily appeared before the joint House Children & Families and Ways & Means committees and answered their questions forthrightly. So, I wonder why he would refuse the Sanctity of Life committee.

    Considering Planned Parenthood’s past actions, I expect Mary Kogut will run to a friendly federal judge to circumvent the state and avoid testifying. Furthermore, their lobbyist spun the numerous ambulance calls to mean they care about their clients as opposed to letting them die. I can’t wait to learn more about this barely better than a back alley facility and for the day Colleen McNicholas is called to testify.

  • TPS12

    put them in jail.

  • Cliff

    If any State or Federal dollars are paid to any agency or private vendor. They are subject to provide all records pertaining to the dollars used under a court order or be closed and subject to confinement!,,,

  • USAPatriotSC

    10 days in jail and a $300 fine is nothing compared to what they would get if they produced the records. They’re taking the obvious choice.
    The contempt charge should be jail until you produce what they asked for…PERIOD! Republicans need to bring the hammer down of these low life scum sucking sewer rats.

  • Meruelo

    Ten days in jail and /or a $300 dollar fine, is not a deterrent to these baby murderers. They need to be brought up on serious criminal charges, and face substantial jail time. Otherwise this is just political theater that does not put a stop to this diabolic organization which kills hundred of thousands of unborn children every year.

  • Henry Smith

    A lack of transparancy openness and honesty within the leaglized murder aparatus funded by tax dollars? Who would have ever thought? The “D”eath “D”estruction and “D”emocratic party is as blind to reason on this subject as ISIS is to any other faith.

  • George Gmitro

    How can prochoice quote statistics on how safe abortion is as oppose to giving birth if the numbers are not accurate.

  • David

    I wonder if they can only be held in contempt the one time only or, if continued refusal can lead to aggravated contempt charges and higher jail sentences and fines? When it comes to reckless endangerment of human lives, (for the women that go there for abortions, at this time), I think it should be a felony obstruction charge, and up to 10 years prison and a million dollars fine to refuse to answer a legislative subpoena. If the paperwork subpoenaed shows evidence of tampering or alteration, etc., and patients died, aggravated second degree murder, or manslaughter charges, and aiding and abetting in the cover-up of felony activities – with additional time in prison and even more fines.

  • David

    Obama protects and rewards his allies and, PP has been a bank roller for him and his Democrat cronies for a while now.