TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – An investigation into Planned Parenthood in Florida is underway, Gov. Rick Scott told News Channel 8 on Thursday. Scott is asking health care officials from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to visit and evaluate the 16 Planned Parenthood offices around the state that offer abortions.
Asked why the review was necessary, Scott referred to the undercover videos that have sparked controversy for the organization about how organs from aborted fetuses are used.“I think anyone who’s looked at those videos says it’s disturbing, troubling,” Scott said.
Planned Parenthood released a statement saying it would comply with any investigation. “These political attacks claiming that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation are simply not true,” Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, said in a statement. “While we do not have donations programs in Florida, some Planned Parenthood organizations in other states do, and they follow all laws and ethical guidelines.”
Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) said the governor’s move was about politics. “It’s another example of Gov. Scott wasting our tax dollars with a frivolous investigation that’s totally motivated by politics and not the facts,” Castor said. “There’s no evidence of wrongdoing anywhere in Florida with Planned Parenthood and their health clinics.”