Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Planned Parenthood files emergency injunction to continue abortions near end of first trimester

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 2:52 PM

  • Photy by Lottie Watts of Health News Florida

Planned Parenthood has asked a Leon County judge to intervene and allow some of its Florida facilities to continue to perform abortions near the end of the first trimester. 

The emergency injunction, which was filed Monday, Aug. 17, comes after Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration to inspect 16 Planned Parenthood facilities.

In the agency's report, the AHCA claimed that three sites were performing second-trimester abortions, when they were only licensed to perform abortions during the first trimester, reports the Washington Examiner.  

The three facilities in questions are located in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Naples.

The dispute is over the definition of the length of the first trimester of pregnancy, according to WUSF. "The clinics considered the first trimester to last 13 weeks and six days, while state investigators used a rule defining the second trimester as the "portion of a pregnancy following the 12th week and extending through the 24th week of gestation." The documents said abortions were performed, for example, at 13 weeks and three days and 13 weeks and four days." 

All three clinics say they have stopped performing 13- to 14-week abortions as a precaution. However, Monday's injunction would allow the clinics to continue performing the operation at that point in the pregnancy.  

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation