At a hearing this week before the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, e-mails produced by the University of Missouri pursuant to a Senate subpoena show how actively involved MU staff was in recruiting abortionist Dr. Colleen McNicholas to Columbia to perform abortions.
Those e-mails reveal that Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, an Assistant Teaching Professor at MU and a nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, actively recruited Dr. Colleen McNicholas, and facilitated her efforts to get privileges with University of Missouri Health Care.
According to the e-mails, the two first met in Orlando, where McNicholas was giving a presentation. Using her University e-mail account, Metcalf-Wilson sought out McNicholas at the event, and together they made “a plan” for McNicholas to begin providing abortions in Columbia.
You can read the email exchange by following this link.
Follow-up e-mails that were also produced reveal how Metcalf-Wilson shepherded McNicholas’ application for privileges through the process at University Health Care. McNicholas was granted “refer and follow” privileges at MU in December 2014, despite her application not listing a residential address in Columbia.
Based upon those privileges, the Missouri Department of Health issued a license to the Columbia Planned Parenthood facility, even though McNicholas would not be able to admit a patient herself to the University hospital, or provide surgical or medical treatment or any follow-up care to the patient if she were to experience complications.
Senators also questioned MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin about the granting of privileges to McNicholas. Loftin admitted that the University “facilitated” her obtaining privileges, but claimed that the General Counsel’s office for the University opined that federal law prohibited the University from denying privileges to McNicholas on the basis that she performs abortions.
A number of Senators on the committee remarked how they thought this entire process was inappropriate under Missouri law which prohibits public institutions from performing or assisting abortions, or counseling for abortions. Sen. Bob Onder (R-St. Louis), himself a physician, exclaimed that the “refer and follow” privileges are “non-privileges”, and “bogus,” because any layperson could refer a patient to, and follow a patient in a hospital.
Further investigation concerning the grant of a license to PP Columbia is expected in the coming weeks. Read the letter the MCC sent to Chancellor Loftin today, urging him to revoke the abortion privileges given to Dr. McNicholas.