Parson’s campaign manager to be questioned in abortion case


FILE- In this June 4, 2019, file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is photographed in St. Louis. Planned Parenthood says it will leave the federal family planning program by Monday, Aug. 19, unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring women for abortions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Gov. Mike Parson’s campaign manager will be questioned by lawyers representing Planned Parenthood about his involvement in a decision to deny a new license to Missouri’s only abortion provider.

An administrative hearing commissioner ruled last week that attorneys can question Steele Shippy, who was Parson’s spokesman before becoming his campaign manager.

The Kansas City Star reports Planned Parenthood argues Shippy’s testimony could provide information about why its clinic in St. Louis was denied a license to perform abortions.

The attorney general’s office contends the subpoena for Shippy was meant to harass the governor’s campaign manager because Planned Parenthood will likely support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway. The state also argued Shippy had no formal role in the license decision.

The governor’s office said attorneys are working to schedule Shippy’s deposition.

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