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State investigators: Planned Parenthood didn’t sell organs



From our friends at the Associated Press:

State investigators say there’s no evidence Planned Parenthood in Florida purchased or sold human organs or tissue.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger confirmed in an email Monday that an inquiry into Planned Parenthood has closed and didn’t move into a full investigation.

State health officials inspected 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in August and reported that three clinics were illegally performing second-trimester abortions.

Planned Parenthood representatives have maintained that abortions were performed during the first trimester and that state officials were changing trimester definitions. Executive Director Laura Goodhue said Monday that the organization doesn’t offer any tissue donation services in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered the inspections after videos surfaced showing organization officials discussing fetal organ research. Scott spokeswoman Jeri Bustamante said Monday that the governor appreciates the law enforcement division’s work.

[Last modified: Monday, November 30, 2015 7:44pm]


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