By Dave Andrusko
Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to investigate all 16 Planned Parenthood clinics that perform abortions. Referring to the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, Gov. Scott said in a press release, “The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least.”
“I asked AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek to begin immediately dispatching staff from their licensure office to evaluate the 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures to ensure they are in full compliance with the law.
“If a Planned Parenthood office is not following the law, we will move quickly to take legal and regulatory action against them. We hold our healthcare organizations in Florida to the highest standards of safety and we expect them to fully comply with the law at all times.”
After inspections, three abortion clinics–in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Naples– were found to be performing second trimester abortions without a license to do so. A Pembroke Pines abortion clinic was also been cited for keeping improper records of its “disposal of fetal remains.”
Of the three clinics, AHCA spokesperson Shelisha Coleman said Wednesday, “These facilities have been notified to immediately cease performing second trimester abortions.” She added, “The Agency may take additional actions against these facilities including administrative sanctions.”
The Miami Herald reported that Planned Parenthood could be fined up to $500 per violation.
The Pembroke Pines abortion clinic has up until mid-August to submit a plan to correct the violation.
But Planned Parenthood of Florida may not be out of the woods yet.
“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is still reviewing a request by state Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, that they open a criminal investigation into any wrongdoing by the organization in Florida,” the Miami Herald reported. “’The videotapes, I believe, give the reasonable suspicion that warrants an investigation,’ McBurney said.”