Who could have predicted this would happen?
Right on schedule today, Rick Scott announced an "investigation" into Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida based on false information and unfounded allegations made in heavily edited and misleading videos distributed by an extremist "pro-life" organization.
Gov. Rick Scott launched an investigation Wednesday into Planned Parenthood offices across Florida, suggesting they could be illegally selling body parts of aborted fetuses.
In a prepared release, Scott said he made the move in response to a series of undercover, online videos that show Planned Parenthood staffers in other states talking about tissue donations of aborted fetuses.
“The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least. It is against the law for any organization to sell body parts,” Scott said in the release. “If a Planned Parenthood office is not following the law, we will move quickly to take legal and regulatory action against them.’’
He ordered the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to conduct the inquiry.
Never mind that we're actually talking about voluntary tissue donations used for medical research, just like those that occur every day elsewhere in the medical field, not selling "baby parts for profits," as alleged. Scott is jumping on the right wing bandwagon which is intimidating women and their doctors in order to block women (and men's) health care, because of course he would.
And never mind that this type of tissue donation never happens in Florida's Planned Parenthood clinics anyway, he's not interested in the facts any more than the rest of the GOP and "pro-pre-life-only" fanatics are.
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director Laura Goodhue said the Florida clinics do not sell any body tissue and described the videos as a "political attack."
“These political attacks claiming that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation are simply not true. While we do not have donations programs in Florida, some Planned Parenthood organizations in other states do, and they follow all laws and ethical guidelines. We always seek and welcome feedback from medical experts, but not from politicians.
“We will, of course, cooperate fully with any investigation, but important medical issues shouldn’t be politicized. This isn’t what people in our state want our elected officials to spend their time doing.”
If Rick Scott was so "disturbed" by all this, perhaps he could have looked into the facts first and saved taxpayers' money on yet another witch hunt. But this isn't about facts. After all, this is the man who hears the words "women, health care, and low income" in the same sentence, and he's off and running to block access to it. The fact that this ups his right wing extremist cred is merely icing on the cake.
So, facts and laws be damned, he's going to send investigators on surprise visits to Planned Parenthood clinics who don't even donate fetal tissue anyway, because he's Rick Scott and those are the kind of sick things he does.
Scott’s release did not say how the investigation would be conducted or when it will be completed.
Of course it didn't, and there's a good reason for that. The threat of intimidation is really the goal here, and Scott's using deceptively edited videos made by groups with ties to violence against abortion clinics and doctors who provide them to do it.
He's just investigating something that never happens in an ongoing effort to block women and men from access to things like cancer screenings, HIV testing, contraception, pap smears, and the larger percentage of things that Planned Parenthood does that have nothing to do with abortion.