On Tuesday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office filed an appeal against a judge’s order that blocked the state from taking away the license of a Columbia Planned Parenthood, KCUR reports.
In addition this week, two state House committees released a report on their investigation of Planned Parenthoods in Missouri, prompted by a series of undercover videos that caught employees of the national abortion business selling aborted babies’ body parts.
The Missouri House committees recommended new regulations and increased legislative oversight of abortion facilities in the report released Wednesday, the Columbia Missourian reports.
The state Ways and Means and the Children and Families committees recommended:
- More stringent tracking and inspection of aborted fetal tissue, from the abortion clinic to destruction.
- Annual unannounced inspections of all abortion providers in addition to the regularly scheduled yearly inspection.
- Designation of an existing House committee to oversee abortion providers and ensure they are complying with regulations.
- Reallocation of state funding for women’s health from Planned Parenthood to other health facilities that don’t provide elective abortions. In fiscal year 2015, the state allocated $56,458 to Planned Parenthood .
- Changing the term “products of conception” to “remains of a human fetus” in Missouri law and regulations (read full article)