Planned Parenthood

Courtesy: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

A program by Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida (PPSENFL) is offering virtual mental health counseling sessions for people struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

Updated at 3:45 Friday:

Siding with Planned Parenthood affiliates, a federal judge late Thursday blocked key provisions of a sweeping new state law that would have barred abortion providers from receiving public funds for other services and required a dramatic increase in inspections of abortion records by health officials.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's preliminary injunction came just hours before the new law would have gone into effect.

Creative Commons

TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers are on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees for the state's failed attempt to fine four abortion clinics accused of performing second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

Planned Parenthood clinic in Jacksonville
Google Maps

TALLAHASSEE — Citing a new abortion law signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the state Agency for Health Care Administration has dismissed cases alleging that three Planned Parenthood clinics performed second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

Planned Parenthood clinic in Jacksonville
Google Maps

Updated: 4:15 p.m. Friday, March 11:

In the latest round in Florida's abortion battles, lawmakers Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would increase clinic regulations and bar public funding for organizations associated with abortion clinics.

Google Maps

UPDATED: Updated with reaction from the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Planned Parenthood fired back Monday against allegations that three Florida abortion clinics provided second-trimester abortions without proper licenses, seeking an emergency injunction against the state Agency for Health Care Administration "to protect women's access to safe, legal abortion."

Ben Carson alleged in an interview with Fox News Wednesday that Planned Parenthood puts most of its clinics in black neighborhoods to "control the population" and that its founder, Margaret Sanger, "was not particularly enamored with black people."

The undercover videos purporting to show officials of Planned Parenthood bargaining over the sale of fetal tissue have made the promise to defund the organization one of the most popular refrains of Republicans running for president.

It's actually a much easier promise to make than to fulfill. But that's not slowing down the candidates.

Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an offhand remark he made about Planned Parenthood. He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and he highlighted that he did so as governor of Florida.

He then added as an aside, "I'm not sure we need half-a-billion dollars for women's health issues" — a statement Hillary Clinton and other Democrats pounced on, portraying it as a gaffe that reveals that Bush doesn't care about women's health. He has since said he "misspoke."

Update: Planned Parenthood Florida Statement on AHCA Clinic Inspection Report from Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director Laura Goodhue:

Gov. Rick Scott ordered the state to immediately investigate all Florida Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions on Wednesday.

The order comes after the release of secretly recorded videos. They show Planned Parenthood officials talking about tissue from aborted fetuses used for research.

We discuss the week's news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Nate Monroe, Florida Times-Union reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the search for missing toddler Lonzie Barton, Hemming Park funding issues, anti-abortion protests in Jacksonville, and more.

We also speak with Early Learning Coalition Executive Director Susan Main and Director of Communications Chad Sykes-Burns about their latest endeavors.

Florida State Senator Aaron Bean.
Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

Anti-abortion activists held a rally next door to a Planned Parenthood in Jacksonville on Tuesday as part of a national movement to defund the health centers.

The Women Betrayed movement started in response to a video posted by the conservative group Center for Medical Progress.

More than 200 anti-abortion activists met in the parking lot of a Mandarin Woody’s Bar-B-Q, lining the sidewalks next to the only Planned Parenthood in Northeast Florida.