Planned Parenthood responds to report of illegal abortions in Florida

Published: August 6, 2015 12:05 AM EDT
Updated: August 6, 2015 12:59 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla.- When a state investigation released Wednesday revealed Planned Parenthood clinics in Fort Myers and Naples were performing illegal second trimester abortions, WINK News went to the Naples office for a response.

One staff member acknowledged the investigation, but would not say anything specific about the findings. Another staff member escorted our crew away from the building, refusing to answer questions.

The inspection by the Agency for Health Care Administration or AHCA, found three Florida facilities were operating beyond their licenses. The report says they performed second trimester abortions, when they were only licensed to perform abortions in the first trimester.

Governor Rick Scott ordered an investigation into Florida’s 16 Planned Parenthood locations after videos by anti-abortion activists appear to show Planned Parenthood employees talking about selling tissue from aborted fetuses.

Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director Laura Goodhue issued a statement late Wednesday night saying in part, “I can state unequivocally that all of our health centers are operating in full compliance with florida law as well as best practices in reproductive health care.”

Goodhue also says, “the claim that any of our health centers are performing procedures we are not licensed to perform is false.”

Planned Parenthood claims the investigation did not measure trimesters correctly.

Governor Scott has warned “if a Planned Parenthood office is not following the law, we will move quickly to take legal and regulatory action against them.”

WINK News is working to find out what kind of penalties, if any, the organization will face.