Columbia, MO – In response to news yesterday that Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer is attacking the University of Missouri for student research involving Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri issued the following statement:
Statement from Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri:
“While it is hardly surprising that Senator Schaefer continues to attack the University of Missouri, it is disappointing that the Senator continues using taxpayer funds for political grandstanding. We call on Chancellor Loftin to remain stalwart in the face of political interference with academic freedom. Over 2,500 students and community members spoke out earlier this week in support of contracts and physician privileges between MU and Planned Parenthood; the Chancellor should heed those voices and act in the interest of students and his community, not politicians advancing their careers at MU’s expense.”
Planned Parenthood is a vital resource for our community and for women and families throughout Kansas and Missouri. We are a trusted advocate and source of health care and education for thousands of women, men, and children. For 80 years, women have relied on Planned Parenthood to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.
Leanne Mayer, 913.345.4640
November 06, 2015