Miami Planned Parenthood Takes Over Palm Beach Affiliate After Closure

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 9
, 2008

Miami, FL ( — The Miami Planned Parenthood affiliate has taken over the Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward Counties after the latter recently closed up shop amid financial problems. Officials from the national Planned Parenthood abortion business closed down the Palm Beach affiliate weeks ago.

Last week, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Palm Beach and Treasure Coast will purchase two of the five centers the failed affiliate ran.

PPFA closed the local offices in Palm Beach after an internal investigation found mismanagement and deficiencies in the conditions, medical operations, policies and procedures at the centers.

According to a Miami Herald report, the other three centers shut down after the internal probe will remain closed.

Judith Selzer, spokesperson for the Miami affiliate, told the newspaper it is "financially strong" and will be able to manage the two facilities it acquired.

There are still as many questions as answers about what the Miami abortion business plans to do with its new centers and what the failed affiliate will do with the rest of the property it owns.

The Herald reported the Miami Planned Parenthood has a $10 million budget and 30,000 customers — about twice as many as the Palm Beach affiliate.

Alex Arreaza of the Palm Beach affiliate told the newspaper said leaders of it were upset national Planned Parenthood didn’t give it a chance to reorganize after the financial and mismanagement problems occurred.

”I’m disappointed that we didn’t get the opportunity to improve things,” Arreaza said.

The area has been in the news before about abortion.

Last September, a local public school teacher was accused of having sex with two of his students and using an abortion to cover up his actions.

In 2006, city officials in West Palm Beach adopted a pair of abortion protest laws to keep pro-life advocates away from a local abortion business. The laws come after a judge found unconstitutional the city’s first attempts to restrict protests.

In 2005, the WomanCare abortion business in West Palm Beach, Florida was evicted from its building after apparently misrepresenting itself to its landlords.