Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway during an anti-abortion rally Tuesday said the penalty for selling aborted fetus remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.
Planned Parenthood released a statement on the allegations, denying it has conducted illegal activity or sold fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said the group that made the videos has zero credibility.
A Republican candidate for governor is calling on Gov. Nixon to have a special session to implement stiffer penalties for the purchase and selling of fetal tissues and organs.
Missouri’s Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster launched an investigation Tuesday into the state’s only clinic that offers abortions.
Missouri’s only other abortion clinic is in St. Louis.
A video posted on YouTube allegedly shows a Planned Parenthood employee giving prices for a fetus’ organs.
In Illinois, more than 40,000 pregnancies were ended surgically in 2013, down about 2.5 percent compared to 2010.
The 72-hour waiting period takes effect Friday.
Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation’s longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.