Under a Rock: Planned Parenthood Denials about illegal Second Term Abortions in their abortion clinics.
“In the health centers AHCA reported on, we only perform first trimester abortions, which we measure according to accepted medical guidelines and in accordance with Florida regulations as up to 13 weeks and six days from a woman’s last menstrual cycle,” and “This, as defined by rules, is still the first trimester. AHCA has never before indicated any different interpretation of this, including at inspections performed as recently as two weeks ago.” Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.
UPDATE: On 8/7/15, Health News Florida reports that Planned Parenthood Florida STILL claims that the Last Menstrual Period is an acceptable way to determine gestational age EVEN WHEN CONTRADICTED BY THEIR OWN ULTRASOUND DATA (see below). This contradicts the published guidelines of the American Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynecoligists and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
The Sunbeam Times has obtained the AHCA reports showing that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are knowingly lying to the public about illegal second term abortions. AHCA files revealed 65 second trimester abortions from July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 in three locations. Planned Parenthood has claimed these were all well within the definition for 1st trimester abortion, but analysis of the records and rules shows otherwise. Planned Parenthood, while accusing AHCA of re-defining the rules, is instead itself twisting rules definitions to try to cover up their illegal second trimester abortions.
The calculation of gestational age can be done based on counting from the last menstrual period (LMP) and then estimating the date of conception – allowing a firm date to start counting for trimester determination. According to the numerous studies, (cited at Perinatology.com) the LMP can be off by two weeks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued opinion #611 in 2014 stating that, “For the purposes of research and surveillance, the best obstetric estimate, rather than estimates based on the last menstrual period alone, should be used as the measure for gestational age.” That means use of ultrasound which has a smaller range of error for determining gestational age. As ACOG states: “Ultrasound measurement of the embryo or fetus in the first trimester (up to and including 13 6/7 weeks of gestation) is the most accurate method to establish or confirm gestational age“. As stated in the Canadian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologists in 2014, “When performed with quality and precision, ultrasound alone is more accurate than a “certain” menstrual date for determining gestational age in the first and second trimesters (≤ 23 weeks) in spontaneous conceptions, and it is the best method for estimating the delivery date.” Planned Parenthood is trying to hide behind a method of determining gestational age that is known to be up to two weeks inaccurate.
Further, Planned Parenthood’s records of the ultrasounds they performed and on which they estimated ages were reviewed by AHCA. The Ultrasound records of Planned Parenthood in St. Petersburg showed that the gestational ages of babies aborted were 13.4 and 13.3 weeks. Overall, 25 babies were aborted in the second trimester over 12 months at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on 8950 MLK street in St. Petersburg (page 2/4 of St. Petersburg report). 40 other babies were illegally aborted in the second trimester in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in Naples and Ft. Meyers. AHCA rules state that the second trimester is defined from 12-24 weeks according to rule 59A-9.019.
(14) “Trimester” means a 12-week period of pregnancy. (a) First Trimester. The first 12 weeks of pregnancy (the first 14 completed weeks from the last normal menstrual period). (b) Second Trimester. That portion of a pregnancy following the 12th week and extending through the 24th week of gestation.
Planned Parenthood knows full well that when they kill a baby that is aged at over 13 weeks by ultrasound, then that is a second trimester abortion. Their attempts to claim that the abortions are first trimester can only be based on a Last Menstrual Period (LMP) definition of gestational age which clearly is inaccurate, especially when ultrasound data is present – as it was in the St. Petersburg Abortion clinic. Further, Planned Parenthood claims AHCA has changed its rules definitions according to Laura Goodhue, the Executive Director for the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. She stated this “new interpretation is grossly inconsistent with years of previous inspections and outside of both the regulations and accepted medical standards”. However, an email communication between the SunBeam Times and AHCA Press Secretary Shelisha Coleman indicated “The inspection criteria has not changed. During inspections, a subset of services provided are reviewed. This record review in combination with review of policies, and interviews and observations are used to determine compliance during each visit.”
The abortion clinics of Planned parenthoods will stop at nothing to keep their lucrative abortion operations going. Even if it means lying to the public about breaking the law about their illegal abortion practices. The videos released over the last two weeks show a heinous disregard by Planned Parenthood for life of babies. The statements made by Laurie Goodhue of Planned Parenthood of Florida reveal a heinous disregard for the truth on illegal second trimester abortions.
*note Planned Parenthood St. Petersburg was called for this report, but did not respond to a request to be interviewed after transferring the call to a public relations office.