COLUMBIA, Mo. — An article by the Columbia Missourian Tuesday says the University of Missouri system and MU Health Care has cancelled 10 contracts Planned Parenthood following investigations by state lawmakers into a Columbia facility providing abortions.
Earlier this summer, former Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey formed the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life following the controversial release of hidden-camera footage that allegedly depicted Planned Parenthood staff selling fetal tissue.
At a tense committee hearing last month, lawmakers chided university officials for their partnership with Planned Parenthood, which included the option for nursing and medical students to do a rotation at the facility, which just recently began performing surgical abortions again after a hiatus.
Several Republican lawmakers were intensely critical with the school over their relationship with Planned Parenthood, calling on the state’s largest publicly-funded university to reconsider its arrangement.
The university still has one standing arrangement with Planned Parenthood through the School of Social Work.
Update: an earlier version of this brief noted that the University of Missouri had completely cut ties with Planned Parenthood.
Collin Reischman is the Managing Editor for The Missouri Times, and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. To contact Collin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @CMReischman