Missouri Senate Announces Third Planned Parenthood Review

Jul 21, 2015

Missouri's Republican-led Senate will conduct what now is the third investigation of Missouri's only abortion center.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey on Tuesday announced he formed a committee to investigate.

At issue is an undercover video released by anti-abortion activists showing Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.

Planned Parenthood says it legally helps women who want to make not-for-profit donations of their fetus' organs for scientific research.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri says the center doesn't participate in the fetal program and called the investigations "political grandstanding."

Both Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and House Republicans also will review the facility.

A Senate Republican spokeswoman says those lawmakers believe another investigation is needed.