Abortion Clinic in Florida Pays $3,000 After It’s Caught Doing Illegal 2nd-Trimester Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 18, 2016   |   1:06PM   |   Washington, DC

An abortion clinic in Florida has paid a $3,000 fine to the state after it was caught illegally killing babies in second trimester abortions.

Last year, state of Florida launched an investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion business after multiple expose’ videos have caught the abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babies. State health department inspectors found Planned Parenthood illegally doing the kind of later abortions that allow Planned Parenthood to gather the body parts of aborted babies for sale.

Florida became the 11th state to launch a investigation into Planned Parenthood after the abortion company was exposed selling the body parts of aborted babies. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is pro-life, ordered an investigation of 16 statewide Planned Parenthood offices.

Scott asked the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to immediately begin investigating the 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures to ensure they are in full compliance with the law.

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Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in Florida were caught illegally doing 2nd-trimester abortions.State officials found three performed abortion procedures outside the scope of their licenses and one has not kept proper records on disposing fetal remains.

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Officials also found another abortion clinic not affiliated with Planned Parenthood breaking state law. That abortion clinic has now paid its fine for doing the illegal abortions:

Though continuing to dispute the allegations, a Broward County abortion clinic has agreed to pay $3,000 as part of a settlement with the state in a case about whether the clinic performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license.

Aastra Women’s Center and the state Agency for Health Care Administration indicated in December that they had reached a proposed settlement, with an attorney for the clinic describing it at the time as a “business decision.” The terms of the settlement were filed Thursday in the Division of Administrative Hearings, where the clinic had challenged the allegations.

The Agency for Health Care Administration in September accused Aastra and four other clinics of performing second-trimester abortions without proper licenses. The clinics filed legal challenges, arguing that the agency used a shifting definition of what constitutes the first trimester of pregnancy.

In the settlement, both sides stuck to their positions, with the document saying Aastra “denies the validity of the allegations raised in the administrative complaint” and that the agency “asserts the validity of the allegations.”