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US Missouri State Health Director tracked menstrual periods of Planned Parenthood patients

04:45  30 october  2019
04:45  30 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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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.

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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 Kansas City Star. In reviewing the data, the investigation was able to identify patients who had had "failed medical abortions."

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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.

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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 an inspection conducted in March that 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 sided with the clinic, he sent the final determination down to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

Missouri stands as one of the most restrictive states for abortion access despite a federal judge blocking a bill signed by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson which outlaws abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape or incest.

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