Planned Parenthood contracted lab cooperates with investigation on handling of fetal tissue

Alleged 'failed surgical abortions' at St. Louis Planned Parenthood

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - After a health inspection in March 2019, state regulators identified serious concerns at Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

One involved the handling of fetal tissue extracted from abortions.

The Missouri state Health Department officials say they want to know why some patients at the Planned Parenthood Clinic went through what they call "failed surgical abortions" and still remained pregnant.

The department reports finding deficiencies in how the clinic’s contracted lab examined and handled fetal tissue.

In a statement, the department claims its investigation is ongoing, but being limited by the refusal of doctors used by the clinic to be interviewed.

The contracted laboratory fully cooperated with the investigation and was informed Thursday, June 6, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that their accreditation was restored.

“I appreciate the collaboration with our state and federal regulators diligently working to ensure we uphold our duty to protect and inform the public about any health and safety concerns regarding any one of more than 4,000 health facilities in Missouri,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “The findings at Planned Parenthood’s contracted laboratory contributed to adverse patient outcomes. It’s important to note that the Planned Parenthood contracted laboratory is able to regain accreditation based on their willingness to fully comply with the investigation. It’s the contracted laboratory’s responsibility to ensure they are at all times following the CLIA requirements and to implement the corrective action plan to improve patient safety.”

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