ABC 17 News has confirmed the University of Missouri has allowed students in the School of Nursing to initiate individual short term agreements with Planned Parenthood in Columbia.
MU officials told ABC 17 three students in the school expressed interest in doing clinical work with Planned Parenthood.
MU emphasized that the three students will not be involved in any way with abortions.
Planned Parenthood released a statement Wednesday saying, “Today’s move by the University of Missouri to allow students in the School of Nursing to initiate short-term, individual contracts with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is a positive step for students, but more must be done. These contracts open back up critical access to educational and training opportunities for MU nursing students who wish to learn from our dedicated professionals how to provide life-saving preventive health care. However, these contracts are no substitute for the decades-long partnership between Planned Parenthood and MU recently ended because of the university’s capitulation to political bullying.”
“We call on Chancellor Loftin and MU Health Care to listen to the voices of the thousands of students and community members who have spoken out out in defense of their rights to educational opportunities and access to health care, and to fully reinstate both privileging and all contracts between MU and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.”