TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida Governor Rick Scott's office announced today that Gov. Scott has asked the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to begin investigating the 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures. It's to make sure they are in full compliance with the law.
This, after an anti-abortion group released a video showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of body parts from aborted fetuses. Group officials say the video proves the organization is breaking federal law against selling human fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has said it only helps women legally donate fetal tissue to research firms, not sell it commercially.
Governor Rick Scott said, “The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least. It is against the law for any organization to sell body parts. 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.”
Nearly two weeks ago, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ordered state health officials
with the Department of Community Health and Public Health to review how Planned Parenthood clinics handle fetal organs.