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Mizzou cancels contracts with Planned Parenthood; relationship with abortion doctor remains

The University of Missouri has severed some ties with Planned Parenthood, but the university's connection with a St. Louis abortion doctor remains in effect.

In the past month, since state legislators began investigating Planned Parenthood practices in Missouri, the university cancelled 10 contracts with Planned Parenthood clinics in four states where students earned clinical hours.

However, the university still has not revoked the "refer and follow" privileges it granted to Dr. Colleen McNicholas, a St. Louis doctor who performs medication abortions the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

DEFENDING LIFE: How to get involved and talk about abortion

Kyla spoke at a rally outside of Planned Parenthood on July 28. Reagan Nielson, Midwest regional coordinator for Students for Life of America, held Kyla’s 2-year-old daughter.


KyLee loves hearing her Momma read the same book over and over. The 2-year-old also likes snuggling with her special Winnie the Pooh blanket -- and Mom -- at bedtime.

The routine plays every night, but mom Kyla doesn't mind.

"She's a little mini-me," Kyla said, grinning.

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State lawmakers' investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices in Missouri has revealed that Pathology Services Inc. is the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

Protest at Pathology Services Inc. centers on questions surrounding handling of tissue from unborn babies


About three dozen people lined the sidewalk in front of Pathology Services Inc. this weekend to protest the company's business with Planned Parenthood. They also wanted answers to what the lab does to fetal remains from abortions after pathology examinations.

Last month at a hearing of the Missouri Senate's Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, which is investigating how Planned Parenthood operates in Missouri, it was revealed that Brentwood-based Pathology Services Inc. is the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

Missouri Catholic Conference asks for support to end Mizzou's 'facilitation' of abortions in Columbia

The same day Pope Francis made his announcement about abortion and confession, the Center for Medical Progress released its ninth video in the Planned Parenthood baby-parts scandal. The video focuses on Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR), a company that has harvested and sold fetal body parts from Planned Parenthood clinics for more than a decade.

Abortion healing requires God's grace, mercy

Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy.

When Linda Raymond heard the news that Pope Francis expanded on priests' authority to absolve penitents from the sin of abortion, she was a little confused.

As teenagers, Linda and her now husband, Chuck, had an abortion. About a decade ago, they sought forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation at a Rachel's Vineyard retreat.

So what did the pope's announcement mean, exactly? Were their confessions valid?

"That was my first thought," Linda Raymond said. "For a long time, I thought I would never be able to be forgiven for what happened."

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