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Missouri 's health department director on Tuesday said he tracked the menstrual cycles of Planned Parenthood patients as part of an effort to identify what the The outside of the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center is seen in St. Louis, Missouri , May 30, 2019, the last location in
A Missouri health official is facing backlash after he admitted to keeping a spreadsheet that tracked the menstrual periods of Planned Parenthood The disturbing revelation was made during a Tuesday court hearing that addressed Missouri 's efforts to revoke the abortion license for Planned
The director of the Missouri state health department admitted to keeping a spreadsheet that monitored the menstrual periods of Planned Parenthood patients at an administrative hearing Tuesday over whether the clinic can remain open.
Dr. Randall Williams testified in front of the state's administrative hearing commission that he directed the state's main investigator to compile a list of patients using accessible medical records that included dates of their last menstrual periods, according to the. In reviewing the data, the investigation was able to identify patients who had had "failed medical abortions."
Nearly 900 women's health clinics have lost federal funding over gag rule
More than half of the patients accessing health care through Title X clinics are women of color and a third are Latina.Women of color make up more than half and Latinas over a third of all Title X patients, according to the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
ST. LOUIS— Missouri ’s health department director on Tuesday said he tracked the menstrual cycles of Planned Parenthood patients as part of an Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams made the revelation during the second day of an administrative hearing to determine
Missouri 's health department director on Tuesday said he tracked the menstrual cycles of Planned Parenthood patients as part of an effort to identify what the agency says were "failed abortions" at a St. Louis clinic.
Williams added that the investigation into Planned Parenthood, which stands as the state's last abortion clinic, began after health officials found evidence of a failed abortion that did not have an accompanying complication report, the newspaper reported.
The spreadsheet containing the menstrual period information was found during the course of legal discovery and was scrutinized by Planned Parenthood attorneys.
According to state officials, an investigation using the period spreadsheet found four patients who had "failed abortions" at the clinic, and who had to visit Planned Parenthood multiple times. The incidents raised "grave concerns" and prompted the health department to cancel the health center's abortion license in June.
Racial bias in health care software aids whites over blacks
A widely used software program that helps guide care for millions of patients is flawed by unintentional racial bias that leads to blacks getting passed over for special care, according to a new study. The software predicts costs rather than sickness. It is used by U.S. insurers and hospitals to direct higher-cost patients into health care programs designed to help them stay on medications or out of the hospital. Whites tend to be higher-cost patients even when they're not as sick as blacks.
In a revelation Tuesday that Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri described as "deeply disturbing," the state health director Dr. Randall Williams testified at an administrative commission hearing that he kept a spreadsheet to track Planned Parenthood patients ' menstrual periods .
Missouri health officials’ scrutiny of Planned Parenthood patients got so far up inside their business that the state health director tracked their periods via “The last column of the spreadsheet included the date of the last menstrual period of each patient calculated by the health department,” the Star
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also cited anthat found other safety related problems.
Planned Parenthood refuted those claims saying state health officials singled out four abortions from thousands the clinic has conducted for an investigation, and argued that the clinic had not violated any safety protocols. They added that the licensing issue is part of a greater anti-abortion effort by the state's administration.
Planned Parenthood has been locked with the state in a legal standoff before an administrative commissioner since Monday over whether the clinic's license should be reinstated. While the hearing will last five days, a ruling is not expected until at least early next year.
Planned Parenthood initially challenged the license revocation in Circuit Court over the summer, and although a judge temporarily, he sent the final determination down to the Administrative Hearing Commission.
Missouri stands as one of the most restrictive states for abortion access despite asigned by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson which outlaws abortions after , including in cases of rape or incest.
Vaping Illnesses Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says .
Vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to THC-based products, has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in the vaping-related lung injuries that have sickened 2,051 people and killed 39, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. But the agency left open the possibility that other chemicals or toxins could also be causing the severe respiratory ailments. The report is based on finding the vitamin compound in fluid samples taken from the lungs of 29 patients who had the lung disease.