The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Planned Parenthood refused to comply with Missouri requirements multiple times before suing DHSS for refusing to renew their license.
The Missouri DHSS released a statement Wednesday clarifying that Planned Parenthood pursued legal action while refusing to comply with DHSS health regulations. Not only had DHSS informed Planned Parenthood several times of health violations at their St. Louis abortion clinic, but Planned Parenthood also repeatedly chose not to amend these ongoing concerns.
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said in a tweet that the clinic is illegally being shut down. However, she failed to mention the clinics noncompliance with state health standards. “Today, Planned Parenthood is suing the State of Missouri for illegally refusing to renew our license,” Wen wrote in a tweet. “Our St. Louis health center is the last remaining health center that provides abortion care in the entire state of Missouri.”
Today, Planned Parenthood is suing the State of Missouri for illegally refusing to renew our license. Our St. Louis health center is the last remaining health center that provides abortion care in the entire state of Missouri. https://t.co/srlGN6W7C8
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) May 28, 2019
Missouri DHSS explained its concerns in a statement, saying that this St. Louis abortion clinic was told in April that “due to ongoing concerns about potential deficient practices, interviews would need to be done with the physicians providing that care.”
DHSS reports that the St. Louis abortion doctors continuously refused to cooperate in interviews. This prevented DHSS from being able to verify that the St. Louis clinic was in compliance with “all the requirements of applicable statutes and regulations” and thus prevents DHSS from renewing their license.
This caused DHSS to worry about what other discoveries might be made during the regulators investigation into the abortion clinic. (RELATED: Vast Majority Of Women Affected By Alabama, Georgia Laws Are Black)
Planned Parenthood refused to comply with Missouri health requirements multiple times. Jonathan Weiss, Shutterstock.
The statement lists concerns including Missouri law and regulations violations, incidents involving failure to provide standard patient care, unsuccessful abortion procedures, questionable quality control, communication with a contracted pathology lab and failure to obtain informed consent from patients.
Planned Parenthood waited until May 22 to comply with Missouri requirements and require pelvic exams at screenings prior to abortion procedures. These exams are intended to provide information that heightens the safety of abortions, according to DHSS.
Planned Parenthood also waited until May 28, after they had filed suit against Missouri DHSS, to comply with another Missouri regulation stating that the physician who performs the pre-operative counseling for the patient must also be the physician who performs the abortion.
DHSS points out that as of May 29, Planned Parenthood is still pursuing their lawsuit but has not complied with Missouri health regulations.
Director of DHSS Dr. Randall Williams said that DHSS will continue to regulate facilities in compliance with the law. “The unprecedented refusal by Planned Parenthood to fully cooperate as they have in the past heightens our regulators concerns about what their investigation has revealed to date,” Dr. William said in the statement.
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