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Planned Parenthood Wants Florida to Pay Legal Fees, Cites Harassment

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By    |   Thursday, 26 May 2016 08:54 AM

Planned Parenthood has petitioned a Florida judge for legal fees it believes it's entitled to because the state "participated in the disciplinary proceedings for an improper purpose," including harassment, Politico reported.

Planned Parenthood had to defend clinics against a complaint filed by a state agency that accused the clinics of performing second trimester abortions when the clinics were only licensed to do first trimester abortions, Politico reported.

The Agency for Health Care Administration filed the complaints last year and assessed penalties in the amount of $500 for each second-trimester abortion it claimed the clinics had performed.

Planned Parenthood prevailed; an investigation found that none of the clinics had sold fetal tissue, a fact that was scrubbed from a press release by Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

However, that wasn't sufficient enough to have legal fees awarded, a judge ruled.

According to Politico, Planned Parenthood changed its approach and asked the judge to schedule a hearing on whether it can receive legal fees based on the state's "improper purpose."

Barbara Zdravecky, CEO of Planned Parenthood's Southwest and Central Florida chapter, told Politico that AHCA's complaints "make clear they had no evidence and they knew it.

"Despite this, AHCA filed the charges and caused Planned Parenthood to devote considerable time and resources to frivolous and unwarranted charges when such resources could have been devoted to providing additional care and services to the Floridians who rely on Planned Parenthood every day for health care," Zdravecky said in a statement.

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Planned Parenthood has petitioned a Florida judge for legal fees it believes it's entitled to because the state participated in the disciplinary proceedings for an improper purpose, including harassment, Politico reported.
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