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Planned Parenthood, Florida Reach Agreement over Abortions

Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 03:46 PM

Planned Parenthood said Wednesday that three of its clinics can resume performing first-trimester abortions after reaching an agreement with state health officials.

The organization had asked a judge Monday to allow it to continue performing abortions, alleging the state had suddenly changed its definition of first-trimester abortions.

State health officials' recent inspection of 16 Planned Parenthood facilities found three were performing second-trimester abortions, even though they are only licensed to perform first-trimester abortions. Similar investigations by Republican lawmakers have taken place in other states.

Planned Parenthood said in a statement Wednesday that the Agency for Health Care Administration confirmed those three health centers may continue to perform abortions within 14 weeks of a woman's last menstrual period.

State health officials did not immediately comment.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials ordered the inspections after stealthily recorded videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. Abortion opponents say the videos show the organization is illegally harvesting and selling organs. The videos brought congressional scrutiny, including calls to withdraw federal funding from the organization.

Authorities in Massachusetts, Georgia, Indiana and South Dakota found no evidence of wrongdoing, and Idaho's Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter rejected calls last week by GOP lawmakers to investigate Planned Parenthood facilities in his state.

"Planned Parenthood will not back down from the politicians and anti-abortion extremists who are using every underhanded tactic they can to politicize these critical medical issues," said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Planned Parenthood said Wednesday that three of its clinics can resume performing first-trimester abortions after reaching an agreement with state health officials.The organization had asked a judge Monday to allow it to continue performing abortions, alleging the state had...
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