Anti-Abortion Agencies Requests (Department of Health and Senior Services)

Shafaq Patel (@shafaqpatel) filed this request with the Department of Health and Senior Services of Missouri .
Multi Request Anti-Abortion Agencies Requests
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Shafaq Patel (@shafaqpatel)


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Missouri Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to requests for information regarding abortion services. Please include as responsive:

1. Any public records requests, as well as any provided responses or responsive materials, submitted by groups with a publicly known focus on anti-abortion and pro-life sentiments. Please include but do not limit responsive materials to those referencing the following organizations:
- Pro-Life Action League
- National Right to Life
- Check My Clinic
- The Center for Medical Progress
- Coalition for Life
- Operation Rescue
- Right to Life.

If there is a group, like a local city group, that has this sentiment but was not listed, please also provide their requests as well.

2. All communications, from Jan. 1, 2015 to present day, between your agency and representatives of the following organizations:
- Pro-Life Action League
- National Right to Life
- Check My Clinic
- The Center for Medical Progress
- Coalition for Life
- Operation Rescue
- Right to Life.

3. Any and all requests and documents with following words:
ABORTION
PREGNANCY TERMINATION
TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY
UNBORN BABIES
INDUCED ABORTION
FETAL TISSUE
PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION
TELEMEDICINE

Let me know if your office has any questions about this request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shafaq Patel (@shafaqpatel)

From: Department of Health and Senior Services

Dear Shafaq,

On July 12, 2019, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Department) received your request outlined in your email below.

The Department is working to fill your request. Please note, the Department may charge fees and costs associated with the request prior to producing records. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (573) 751-6062. Thank you.

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From: Department of Health and Senior Services

Due to the number of Sunshine Requests being processed, we expect fulfillment of your request to take at least 30 more days.

Thank you,

Lisa Cox
Chief, Office of Public Information
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

From: Department of Health and Senior Services

Hello,

Do you have a timeframe for Part 3 of your request, which is set forth below?

3. Any and all requests and documents with following words:
ABORTION
PREGNANCY TERMINATION
TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY
UNBORN BABIES
INDUCED ABORTION
FETAL TISSUE
PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION
TELEMEDICINE

Thank you,
Lisa

From: Department of Health and Senior Services

Additionally, in Paragraph 2 of your request, it states you seek all communications with certain groups (e.g., Operation Rescue, National Right to Life). To the extent this request seeks emails, it is possible for us to search for emails solely between the Department's email domain @health.mo.gov and a group's email domain.

But we don't know the email domains of those groups. If you them, would you please provide the ones you want us to search for.

Otherwise, we must search emails using those groups' names as keywords. We had that search run, and based on the number of emails that would need to be reviewed to determine what were responsive-and then, from those, whether any responsive records were closed and could not be disclosed-we presently estimate it would take approximately 11 hours of professional research time to do that work for this part (Paragraph 2) of the request. This would be charged at the rate of $53.56 per hour.

Thus, for Paragraph 2 of the request, if you cannot provide the email domains you want us to search, I would like to ask if you would like to proceed with that part of the request in light of the cost estimate.

Thank you,

Lisa Cox
Chief, Office of Public Information
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
(573) 751-6062 | Lisa.Cox@health.mo.gov
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From: Department of Health and Senior Services

Additionally, you requested the following:

1. Any public records requests, as well as any provided responses or responsive materials, submitted by groups with a publicly known focus on anti-abortion and pro-life sentiments. Please include but do not limit responsive materials to those referencing the following organizations:
- Pro-Life Action League
- National Right to Life
- Check My Clinic
- The Center for Medical Progress
- Coalition for Life
- Operation Rescue
- Right to Life.
Do you have a timeframe you would like searched?

Thank you,
Lisa

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