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Despite court victory, Planned Parenthood says ‘this fight is nowhere near done’

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle put a hold on portions of a new Florida abortion law hours before it would have blocked public funding for Planned Parenthood and increased inspection requirements for abortion clinics.

“This fight is nowhere near done yet,” said Anna V. Eskamani, senior director of public affairs for the Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

The injunction is the third victory for Planned Parenthood this week, said Eskamani.

First, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two provisions of a 2013 Texas abortion law. And June 24, an administrative judge ruled the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration must pay Planned Parenthood’s attorney’s fees totaling $7,170 after finding AHCA incorrectly claimed the organization had “self-reported” unlawful procedures.

The injunction means people can continue to visit Planned Parenthood, especially the 15,000 Floridians at risk of being cut off from access to care, said Eskamani.

“Justice is on our side,” Eskamani said.

Planned Parenthood said on its website federal tax dollars have funded abortions only in rare occasions. Abortions account for only 3 percent of all of its services, according to its website.

Officials from Planned Parenthood estimated the law would have prevented its clinics from receiving around $500,000 for health care screenings and a school dropout prevention program, according to an Associated Press report.

“Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments,” said CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Barbara Zdravecky in a statement. “Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy.”

Hannah Morse: 941-745-7055, @mannahhorse

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