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The Latest: Democrat wants investigation of period tracking

October 29, 2019 GMT
Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, center, arrives for the first day of hearings between Planned Parenthood and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on whether Planned Parenthood can keep its abortion license on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, outside the Wainwright State Office Building in St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, center, arrives for the first day of hearings between Planned Parenthood and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on whether Planned Parenthood can keep its abortion license on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, outside the Wainwright State Office Building in St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a hearing over state efforts to revoke the license for Missouri’s only abortion clinic (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

A top Missouri Democrat is calling for an investigation of the health director, who said he tracked menstrual periods of Planned Parenthood patients.

State House Minority Crystal Quade on Tuesday said Republican Gov. Mike Parson must immediately review if patient privacy was compromised.

Quade added that she’s not sure if Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams is fit to serve.

Williams testified Tuesday that he requested a spreadsheet that included the dates of the last periods of a St. Louis clinic’s patients.

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Williams says the goal was to identify women who needed multiple procedures to complete an abortion. He says a state investigator had access to the information from medical records.

Williams’ testimony drew national outcry. Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker described the move as “dystopian” in a Tuesday tweet.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement calling the revelation “deeply disturbing.”

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3:50 p.m.

Missouri’s health department director says the agency tracked menstrual periods of Planned Parenthood patients as part of an effort to identify what it says were “failed abortions” at a St. Louis clinic.

The Kansas City Star reports Director Randall Williams testified Tuesday that he requested a spreadsheet that included the dates of patients’ last periods.

Williams says the goal was to identify women who needed multiple procedures to complete an abortion. He says a state investigator had access to the information from medical records.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement calling the revelation “deeply disturbing.”

Williams testified as part of a weeklong hearing over whether the state can revoke Planned Parenthood’s abortion license for its St. Louis clinic.

The earliest that the Administrative Hearing Commission can rule is February.

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1:20 p.m.

Missouri’s health department director says he believes an agreement can be reached with Planned Parenthood that would keep open Missouri’s only abortion clinic.

Director Randall Williams testified Tuesday during the second day of a state administrative hearing that will decide if the state can revoke Planned Parenthood’s abortion license for its St. Louis clinic.

The state moved to revoke the license in June, citing concerns about “failed abortions.”

Williams testified that two of the doctors have now been deposed, and the information they provided was helpful in learning what happened with four instances where abortions went wrong. He believes there are solutions that both the state and Planned Parenthood could accept.

The clinic remains open until the Administrative Hearing Commission ruling, which will come no sooner than February.