Planned Parenthood attorney discusses subpoena request for former Senate leader
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

Planned Parenthood attorney discusses subpoena request for former Senate leader

Date: April 20, 2016
By: Nicole Shaddy
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Planned Parenthood wants the former Senate President Pro Tem to testify on the creation of the Sanctity of Life committee next Monday.
RunTime: 0:39
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Planned Parenthood submitted a letter to current president pro tem Ron Richard asking the Senate to subpoena former pro tem Tom Dempsey.

Planned Parenthood attorney Chuck Hatfield says the organization wants Dempsey to answer questions about why the creation of the committee was never voted on by the full Senate.

Actuality:  HAT3.WAV
Run Time: 00:06
Description: "I think we're going to learn it was created in consultation with just one other person, Senator Kurt Schaefer."
Richard said the Senate attorney might have something in the works that would not require a subpoena of Dempsey.

Hatfield said he does know of a possible agreement, but cannot comment on it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.

Intro: 
Planned Parenthood's attorney says they could head to court if the Senate denies their request to subpoena former Senate leader Tom Dempsey.
RunTime: 0:48
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Planned Parenthood submitted a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard asking for a subpoena of Dempsey.

The organization is being held in contempt of Senate for refusing to provide patient documents to the committee Dempsey created last November while he was serving as pro tem.

Planned Parenthood attorney Chuck Hatfield said they want Dempsey to answer questions about its creation at a hearing on Monday.

Actuality:  HAT4.WAV
Run Time: 00:11
Description: "We want him to talk with the Senate about how it was created and what its goals were so the Senate can consider whether the subpoena that was issued was too broad."
Richard said the Senate's attorney may have something in the works that would not require a subpoena.

Hatfield said he could not comment on a possible agreement.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.