- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - More than 2,000 petitions have been delivered to the leader of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus demanding the reversal of a decision that threatens a Planned Parenthood clinic’s ability to continue performing medically induced abortions.

Planned Parenthood says students, faculty and a group called MU for PP met with Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin on Tuesday. They’re demanding the full instatement of all Planned Parenthood training contracts and so-called “refer and follow” privileges.

The privileges are significant because they’d been granted to a Planned Parenthood doctor and played a role in its Columbia clinic obtaining a license to begin offering abortions in August. State law requires physicians or centers providing abortions to have certain agreements with local hospitals for patient care.

The university said in a news release that Loftin is committed to continuing discussions with the group.

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