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

This brings to five the number of Florida abortion sites 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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[September 21, 2015, Tallahassee, FL, ]