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Rick Scott Uses Hoax Videos As Pretext To Harass Planned Parenthood In Florida

Rick Scott

This is all going according to plan. Conservatives at the Center for Medical Progress release deceptively edited videos distorting what happens at Planned Parenthood, it is amplified by conservative media like Fox, congressional Republicans make noise – sometimes days after they’ve already seen the videos but are now play acting – and now local conservatives harass the organization.

The 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures are now under investigation by the state.

Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will investigate the offices to ensure they are in full compliance with the law.

Governor Rick Scott released the following statement:

“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.”

The goal here is to restrict women’s access to abortion, in the long term hopes of passing the defacto ban on abortion conservatives know would never pass muster at the national level. This is yet another example showing why progressives need to focus on more than presidential and congressional elections every four years. The fight is always on, at every level of government. We need to finally start pushing back.