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Missouri health director kept spreadsheet of patients’ periods

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Randall Williams, Missouri's health director, kept a spreadsheet tracking the menstrual periods of women who visited Planned Parenthood.

Williams testified the spreadsheet was used to track failed abortions at the organization's St. Louis clinic. The clinic is facing licensing issues and a potential shutdown over alleged health concerns.

Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, who serves as the Missouri House minority leader, called on Gov. Mike parson to “immediately investigate” whether “patient privacy was compromised or laws broken” or whether Williams was a “a person who Missourians can be comfortable having in a position of public trust.”

“State law requires the health department director to be ‘of recognized character and integrity,'" Quade said. “This unsettling behavior calls into question whether Dr. Williams meets that high standard.”

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