Two More Florida Abortion Facilities Cited, Fined for Illegal Second Trimester Abortions


By Cheryl Sullenger

Tallahassee, FL – Two more Florida abortion facilities that are licensed only for first trimester abortions have been cited and fined by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for conducting illegal second trimester abortions.

This brings to five the number of Florida abortion clinics cited for exceeding their first trimester abortion limits. Last month, the AHCA cited and fined Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, and Naples for committing illegal late-term abortions.

Bread and Roses Women’s Health in Gainesville and Aastra Women’s Center in Plantation were cited during inspections conducted on August 5, 2015.

Second trimester abortions require different procedures that pose more risks to women than those done in the first trimester, and licensing limits reflect that.

“Give an abortion business an inch, and it’ll take a mile, especially if it thinks no one is watching or that the political administration favors it and will look the other way,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The abortionists that have been cited for illegal second trimester abortions have endangered women by acting as if they are above the law and can make up their own definitions as they go along.”

Sampled medical records indicated that both facilities failed to record the date of patient’s last menstrual period (LMP) and relied solely upon ultrasound results to determine gestational ages for a total of eleven abortions. Ultrasound reports indicated that the pre-born babies ranged in age from 13.0-14.0 weeks gestation.

Florida law defines the first trimester as “extending through the completion of 14 weeks of pregnancy as measured from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period.”

However ultrasound measurements calculate gestational age from the time of conception, usually about two weeks after a woman’s LMP. In other words, a baby that measures 14 weeks gestation on ultrasound may be 16 weeks gestation using LMP calculations.

Bread and Roses Women’s Health was fined a total of $2,500 for five violations while Aastra Women’s Center was fined a total of $3,000 for six violations.

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The initial citations launched a flurry of controversy when Planned Parenthood accused the AHCA of changing the definition of a first trimester abortion. Soon after, Planned Parenthood released a statement on indicating that the AHCA had backed off the citations and agreed with the Planned Parenthood’s definition.

However, the following day on August 19, the AHCA issued a sternly-worded letter to Planned Parenthood attorney Julie Gallagher stating, “Your client, Planned Parenthood, continues to misrepresent to the media that AHCA has changed its position, and Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida may now provide unauthorized second trimester abortions. This is false.”

So far all three Planned Parenthood abortion centers and Aastra Women’s Center have filed appeals of the AHCA citations and fines. A Bread and Roses Women’s Health representative has indicated it also plans to appeal.

The inspections of Florida abortion facilities were ordered by Gov. Rick Scott after videos released by the Center for Medical Progress showed evidence that Planned Parenthood facilities were engaged in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains for profit.

None of the Florida abortion facilities were found to be involved in selling fetal remains from abortions, but the discovery of illegal late-term abortions did reveal that previous inspections were lax in evaluating important aspects of the abortion businesses.

“Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities make a lot of money doing the more expensive second trimester abortions, so for every day they are blocked from doing them means the abortion businesses lose money,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood’s efforts to continue second trimester abortions is all about money and has nothing to do with helping women.”

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View clinic profile pages for Bread and Roses Women’s Health and Aastra Women’s Center on, which contain links to the inspection reports.

New Video Shows Evidence that Live Babies are Killed for Organs with Scissors at Planned Parenthood

Operation Rescue calls on police to conduct murder investigations of Planned Parenthood for Gosnell-like killings of babies born alive during abortions

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Jose, CA — It was the stuff of nightmares. A baby boy born intact during an abortion to a distraught mother. A tiny heart beating. The horrific order to harvest his brain.

In today’s video installment from the Center for Medical Progress, Holly O’Donnell struggles to tamp down her emotions as she recalls her worst experience at Planned Parenthood while working as a procurement technician for StemExpress.

O’Donnell recounts a day at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on The Alameda in San Jose, California, that will forever haunt her memories.

O’Donnell was training with another StemExpress employee identified only as “Jessica” when the Planned Parenthood abortionist emerged from the delivery room, “really frustrated” that one distraught woman could not be calmed down enough to do the abortion procedure. The patient could not be “medicated” because her fetus had been selected for organ harvesting. Certain drugs render fetal “specimens” useless to researchers.

“Finally the woman – she calmed down and the doctor went in to perform the abortion. It takes a little while and I’m in the hallway. I see the jar come out. Goes into the path lab. And Jessica, I can hear, is preparing it,” explained O’Donnell, reliving the memory step by step.

She continued:

So then I hear her call my name. “Hey, Holly! Come over here. I want you to see something kinda cool. It’s kinda neat!” So I’m over here and – the moment I see it I’m just flabbergasted. This is the most gestated fetus and closest thing to a “baby” that I’ve seen.

And she’s like, “Okay, I want to show you something.” So she has one of her instruments and she just taps the heart and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here, and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating and I don’t know what to think…

I knew why it was happening. It’s because of the electrical current was — the nodes were still firing, and I don’t know if that constitutes — it’s technically dead? Or it’s alive?

It had a face. It wasn’t completely torn up. And its nose was very pronounced. It had eyelids and its mouth was pronounced. And then, since the fetus was so intact, [Jessica] said, “Okay, this is a really good fetus and it looks like we can procure a lot from it. We’re going to procure a brain.”

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O’Donnell then describes how Jessica began the harvesting process by cutting through the lower jaw and into the face with scissors, then instructed O’Donnell to finish cutting through the face so she could extract the brain.

“I’m thinking, ‘No, I don’t want to do this,’” O’Donnell recalls.

“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could even give such an order and what kind of callous and depraved subculture must exist at Planned Parenthood that this kind of horrific atrocity could be remotely considered ‘cool’ or ‘neat,’” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Board member for the Center for Medical Progress. “Kermit Gosnell is serving life in prison for cutting the backs of babies’ necks with scissors. Now, at Planned Parenthood, live babies are murdered using scissors to harvest brains for ‘research’ — as if the ‘research’ part makes it all okay. Well, it doesn’t. Jessica and the rest of the abortion crew at Planned Parenthood should be in a prison cell right next to Gosnell!”

The delivery of intact and/or living fetuses apparently are not all that rare.

The CMP video shows incriminating clips of Planned Parenthood and procurement company officials telling of intact births and the illegal altering of abortion procedures for the purpose of organ harvesting.

One clip showed a representative of Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) describing how intact babies sometimes “fall out” of the birth canal before an abortion can be completed.

Another clip shows Melissa Farrell, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood’s Houston abortion facility, discussing the alteration of the abortion process to insure that fetuses are delivered intact.

Then there is Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Medical Director, explaining how abortionists change the presentation to breech to ensure the fetus is delivered with head intact so that the sought-after brain with the brain stem still attached can be harvested and sold.

Nucatola also explains that digoxin, a drug sometimes used during late-term abortions to ensure that the babies are dead before the extraction process begins, cannot be used. Like other medications, digoxin taints the tissue and renders it useless for experimentation purposes.

“Providers who use digoxin use it for one of two reasons,” stated Deborah Nucatola. “There is a group of people who just use it so that they have no risk of violating the federal abortion act. You want to induce demise before you do the procedure. No one is going to say you did a live – whatever the federal government calls it – partial birth abortion.”

Nucatola waives her arms as if the entire thought of preventing a live birth is simply ridiculous.

“Today’s video is evidence that babies are being born alive during abortions at Planned Parenthood and then intentionally killed for their organs. This is no less than cold-hearted, premeditated murder,” said Newman. “Furthermore, there is evidence that Planned Parenthood abortionists alter procedures to ensure the organs can be harvested. This is also a crime. We call on authorities in San Jose, Houston and everywhere else that Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts to immediately open murder investigations and swiftly bring those involved in killing born alive babies to justice.”

Meanwhile, back at the Planned Parenthood, O’Donnell’s nightmare had only begun. Reluctantly, she followed her supervisor’s instructions and removed the baby’s brain, which was quickly placed in a medium to preserve it for shipping.

Then O’Donnell was left to clean up the mess. But the biohazard container as too full and the baby was too big. He wouldn’t fit. He got stuck on the lid with his legs dangling out. O’Donnell had to pick up each tiny leg and shove it into the overflowing biohazard container.

Later, heartbroken and crying, O’Donnell returned to the biohazard container to hold the baby boy one last time.

“It just really hard knowing that you’re the only person who’s ever going to hold that baby,” she said.

She often thought of what each child could have been, if given the chance. One could have been lawyer, or a firefighter or one day perhaps, even the President. Would a little girl at age three have liked to color? Would she look like her mom or her dad?

“Things like that, I think that it’s a wasted life, and it’s sad that so many people view it as a mistake,” O’Donnell said. “You know, ‘cuz it’s not. I mean, life isn’t a mistake. Getting pregnant – it can be an accident, but it’s not a mistake.”

Today’s CMP video is the seventh in a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the black market trafficking of aborted baby remains. It is also the third in the video documentary series “Human Capital.” More videos can be viewed on the CMP’s YouTube channel.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Injunctions Against Florida Order to Halt Illegal Second Trimester Abortions

UPDATE, Aug. 19, 2015: The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Agency for Health Care Administration sent a letter on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, to Planned Parenthood attorney Julie Gallagher stating, “Your client, Planned Parenthood, continues to misrepresent to the media that AHCA has changed its position, and Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida may now provide unauthorized second trimester abortions. This is false.” The news article indicated that the letter also informed Planned Parenthood that the investigations are still ongoing.

A previous letter sent by the AHCA on Tuesday apparently led Planned Parenthood to believe that the AHCA had acquiesced and that they could continue abortions up to 14 weeks. Today’s letter clarified that was not the case. Tuesday’s letter “led Planned Parenthood to drop its request that a judge intervene to stop license sanctions from going forward.”

This is a breaking news development. Read the entire Tampa Bay Times article.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tallahassee, FL — Three Florida Planned Parenthood abortion clinics that were cited for committing illegal second trimester abortions earlier this month, filed Monday in Leon County Circuit Court seeking an emergency injunction that would allow the facilities could resume the later abortions for which they are not licensed.

“Planned Parenthood makes a lot of money doing the more expensive second trimester abortions, so for every day they are blocked from doing them means money out of Planned Parenthood’s pockets,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. “Planned Parenthood’s efforts to continue second trimester abortions is all about money and has nothing to do with helping women.”

On August 5, 2015, the Agency for Health Care Administration sent letters to Planned Parenthood abortion centers in St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, and Naples notifying them that they needed to immediately halt abortions done after 12 weeks. Records discovered during facility inspections showed that all three abortion facilities were conducting abortions two weeks into the second trimester of pregnancy.

The letters ordered Planned Parenthood to halt abortions done after 12 weeks, which is considered the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. None of the clinics are licensed to do abortions beyond the first trimester.

Planned Parenthood admits that it does abortions through 13 weeks, 6 days gestation as counted from the woman’s last menstrual period, but claims those abortions are still considered first trimester procedures.

A fourth Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Pembroke Pines was cited for failing to follow protocols related to the disposal of the remains of at least 25 aborted babies. The remains were stored in red biohazard bags in a freezer until they could be picked up for “routine disposal” but several were not properly sealed to prevent leakage. “POC” logs, referring to “products of conception” were not kept and the remains were not labeled as required.

The inspections that discovered the violations we the result of an investigation ordered by Gov. Rick Scott after the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos that revealed Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the selling of aborted baby remains for profit.

Inspections of all 16 Florida Planned Parenthood abortion facilities showed that none of them were involved in selling fetal remains from abortions.

Over a dozen states have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities in response to the CMP videos. So far, four states, Florida, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Georgia have reported that Planned Parenthood does not traffic in fetal remains in those state. However, Operation Rescue has documented that the University of Massachusetts Medical School has purchased $29,000 worth of “fetal cadaverous tissues” from a company that harvested aborted baby remains from California Planned Parenthood clinics.

Read Cease and Desist letters and Deficiency reports:

  • Planned Parenthood, St. Petersburg
  • Planned Parenthood, Fort Myers
  • Planned Parenthood, Naples
  • Planned Parenthood, Pembroke Pines