Columbia Planned Parenthood Gets Abortion License While Satanists Fight over 72 Hour Reflection Period

Three stunning new developments in the heated battle over abortions in Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – As the result of the Eighth Circuit’s reversal last week that halted enforcement of a Missouri licensing requirement that required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges near the abortion facilities where they work, the Columbia Health Center Planned Parenthood received an abortion license yesterday and reportedly began scheduling surgical and medication abortions immediately.

“We know that Missouri pro-life supporters have put their hearts and souls into protecting women and their babies from being targeted for abortions in Columbia. We feel their disappointment and grief at the loss of innocent human life that will now resume in their community,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “However, this isn’t over by any stretch. We know the state will continue to fight to defend their common-sense abortion safety laws, while dedicated pro-life activists will rise to meet the challenge to offer love, hope, and practical assistance to abortion-bound women at the doors of the abortion business.”

Satanists denounce Satanists

Meanwhile, in a bizarre turn of events, the Church of Satan has publicly denounced The Satanic Temple (TST), which is challenging Missouri’s 72-hour reflection period prior to abortions, calling them a “satire/activist group that uses satanic-themed imagery and language to get media and public attention.”

In a statement posted on the Church of Satan web site, a representative known as “Reverend Joel Ethan” wrote:

A little bit of research makes it clear that The Satanic Temple is self-acknowledged satire and an activist group, which pretends to be a religion when it suits their ends. . . We consider anyone claiming to be a Satanist and solely using TST membership as evidence as either being misinformed or as lying. The supposedly “sincerely held beliefs” of TST adherents are scanty, nebulous, and contradictory.

The statement was accompanied by a heavily documented fact sheet exposing the group’s origins and a series of leaders all using assumed names.

The Missouri Supreme Court recently agreed to hear The Satanic Temple’s claim that the 72-hour abortion reflection period violates their religious beliefs.

“If the Church of Satan’s information is true, it is clear that The Satanic Temple is a farce and not a religious group at all. Based on this new information, their challenge to the life-saving reflection period should be immediately dismissed,” said Newman.

One example of how the 72-hour abortion reflection period saves lives can be seen in reports from Kathy Forck, a Columbia pro-life leader that was on the scene at the newly licensed Kansas City Planned Parenthood during its first week of offering medication abortions. She noted that of the eleven women received the informed consent information, only four returned for abortions. One of those four women changed her mind at the last minute after speaking to pro-life activists who were praying on the street outside the abortion facility. That left only three out of eleven women who actually carried through with abortions.

“The reflection period, coupled with the prayer and offers of help from pro-life supporters on the street is a powerful combination that is effective at saving lives. If Planned Parenthood was really about respecting a woman’s choice, they should be completely supportive of the reflection period that gives women an opportunity to thoughtfully consider informed consent literature and all their options,” said Newman.

Planned Parenthood sues again

In one final development that proves the abortion businesses are selective about what information is given to their prospective abortion customers, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region, and the ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court challenging the state-mandated written informed consent aspect of a comprehensive abortion law that is set to take effect in two weeks. (Read the Petition)

The abortion businesses found several objectionable statements in the informed consent literature such as “life begins at conception” and the fact that an abortion “will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”

That lawsuit is expected to be defended by the state.

Newman asked for pro-life supporters to remember those engaged in this fierce battle for the lives of the innocent in Missouri. “We are asking supporters around the country to pray for Missouri and the efforts to protect women and babies from exploitation by Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “I have every confidence that in the end, the cause of Life will prevail.”

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Petition Seeking Recusal Submitted to Federal Judge in Planned Parenthood Case After Her Husband Was Photographed There

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – Operation Rescue has submitted a petition to Federal Court Judge Nanette Laughrey signed by nearly 700 citizens asking her to recuse herself from a case involving the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Columbia, Missouri, after her husband, Chris Kelly, was photographed entering the facility.

Planned Parenthood sued the Missouri Department of Health (DOH) in Federal Court after it was notified of the Department’s intent to revoke Planned Parenthood’s Columbia facility license. A Senate sub-committee investigation discovered that Planned Parenthood’s only physician held bogus “refer and follow” privileges that did not allow her to treat patients at University Hospital as required by law. Those phony privileges were deceptively passed off as full staff privileges to the Department of Health, which issued the Columbia Planned Parenthood an abortion license last year. Once it became apparent that the Columbia facility did not actually meet licensing requirements, the DOH began the revocation process.

Laughrey-KellyPlanned Parenthood’s suit was assigned to Judge Nanette Laughrey, who blocked the Department of Health from enforcing state law. Laughrey is a leftist judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

Kelly’s presence at the Planned Parenthood office on March 10, 2016, raised questions about a possible conflict of interest. Kelly is a former Democratic state legislator who now runs a lobbying and consulting business.

“Kelly’s meeting at Planned Parenthood raises serious questions about his relationship with the abortion organization. This casts an appearance of impropriety on Laughrey’s dubious decision to allow Planned Parenthood to maintain an abortion license that it obtained through questionable means,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We call on Judge Laughrey to recuse from the case since to her husband’s apparent involvement with Planned Parenthood creates a conflict of interest.”

The petition and signatures were sent to Judge Laughrey’s office via FAX transmission on the afternoon of April 21, 2016. The case is Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Lyskowski, case number 2:15-cv-04273-NKL. The next hearing in the Planned Parenthood case is set for April 28.

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Missouri Pro-Life Groups Petition State to Appeal Planned Parenthood Ruling, Revoke Abortion License

UPDATE: On Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2016), Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office filed an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of federal district Judge Laughery’s ruling last month, which had prohibited state health officials from revoking Planned Parenthood of Columbia’s abortion clinic license. We will watch this as it progresses through the legal system. Please use the e-mail below to thank AG Koster for defending the rule of law in Missouri! Thank you!

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Jefferson City, MO — Why would a Federal Court involve itself in the regulatory matters of a Midwestern state health agency? It’s because the matter of abortion is involved.

“We call it the ‘Abortion Distortion,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Whenever abortion is involved, you can expect nothing to be business as usual — except for the business of killing babies.”

Now, the people of Missouri are working to restore the rule of law in their state.

Pro-life groups have banded together with the #MOSaysNO petition effort demanding that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appeal the December 28, 2015, Federal Court ruling that is subverting Missouri law and creating conditions where Planned Parenthood could continue abortions in Columbia even though it cannot meet legal requirements to do so.

It started when the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, headed up by Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, was tasked last summer to investigate allegations of criminal conduct on the part of Planned Parenthood. During hearings held in August, it was discovered that the publicly-funded Missouri University had been illegally assisting Planned Parenthood in Columbia in restoring abortion services there.

University of Missouri Assistant Teaching Professor, Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, secretly recruited abortionist Colleen McNicholas to provide abortion medication at Planned Parenthood’s Columbia office, but hurdles had to be overcome. McNicholas did not qualify for local hospital privileges required by the state before a facility could be licensed or abortions could be performed.

Planned Parenthood and Metcalf-Wilson conspired to provide McNicholas with inadequate “refer and follow” privileges at University Hospital in Columbia. Those bogus “privileges,” which prevented McNicholas from even touching a hospitalized patient, were then falsely passed off by Planned Parenthood as full staff privileges in an application for an abortion facility license with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which accepted them as fulfilling the requirement for licensure.

Once Schaffer’s committee uncovered the fraud, Missouri terminated McNicholas’ so-called privileges. This stopped Planned Parenthood from selling any more abortion pills and it also should have terminated its abortion facility license – that is, if state law had been followed.

Planned Parenthood filed suit in Federal Court and persuaded U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey to block the state from following their own regulations that would require it to revoke the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility license since the clinic cannot meet minimum requirements outlined in the law.

Laura McQuade, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates the Columbia site, issued a letter last week jubilantly calling the ruling “a huge victory for PPKM and reproductive rights in Missouri!”

But the fact remains that the Columbia Planned Parenthood facility has more to worry about than it has to celebrate.

“Planned Parenthood was allowed to keep an abortion clinic license that was issued on false pretenses. Now, Planned Parenthood cannot meet the state requirements for licensure because it does not have an abortionist on staff with legitimate hospital privileges and its facility is substandard. The Federal Court is making a farce out of Missouri law, and that is placing women’s lives and health at risk,” said Newman. “That is why the Attorney General needs to appeal the Federal Court ruling. Once that is cleared up, the Columbia Planned Parenthood will have a hard time staying in business.”

Operation Rescue is supporting the #MOSaysNO petition and is urging pro-life supporters everywhere to send a strong message to Attorney General Chris Koster and Planned Parenthood that state laws meant to protect women and babies from harm and exploitation must be respected, upheld, and enforced.

Get the #MOSaysNo Petition and pass it on.

Print, sign, scan and e-mail to: attorney.general@ago.mo.gov
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Snail-mail petition to:

Attorney General Chris Koster
Supreme Court Building
207 W. High St.
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102

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

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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.