ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA)—Planned Parenthood’s regional director is speaking out after results of an investigation launched by Governor Rick Scott were released earlier this week claiming three facilities in Florida, including one in St. Petersburg, were performing unlicensed second-term abortions.
“The claim that any Planned Parenthood health centers are performing procedures we are not licensed to perform is false and seemingly stems from the Agency for Health Care Administration, under the Scott administration, ignoring its own rules and definitions of gestational periods,” said Barbara Zdravecky in a written statement. Zdravecky is the Planned Parenthood Regional Director for Southwest and Central Florida.
A state-wide investigation launched by Governor Rick Scott found second-abortions were being performed at three Planned Parenthood locations in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Naples when they were only licensed to perform first-trimester abortions. The report also found that a Pembroke Pines clinic was not following its own procedures for the labeling and dating of the disposal of fetal remains.
The investigation was launched after videos circulated showing Planned Parenthood workers talking about fetuses. The future of the center is unclear, but similar violations in other states have resulted in fines and other penalties.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.