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Outrage Over Planned Parenthood Menstrual Period Tracking By MO Health Dept.

A top Missouri Democrat is calling for an investigation of the state 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 the St. Louis clinic’s patients.

Dr. Randall Williams said he needed the dates to see if women were returning for multiple procedures after numerous “botched abortions” were reported. The information was used to try to revoke the clinic’s abortion license.

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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