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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri and Planned Parenthood have ended their 26-year relationship after state lawmakers started investigating abortions performed at the organization’s clinics.

Within the past month, university officials cancelled 10 contracts with Planned Parenthood clinics in four states where students would complete clinical hours.

University of Missouri Health System spokeswoman Mary Jenkins told the Columbia Missourian that nursing and medical students were never required to work at a Planned Parenthood clinic, but it was an optional rotation.

In July, former Senate leader Tom Dempsey formed the Interim Committeeon the Sanctity of Life in response to videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood staff selling aborted tissue. The committee’s goal is to investigate the disposal of aborted tissue, funding of abortions and any illegal activity.
Information from: Columbia Missourian,