Planned Parenthood had been cleared of mishandling fetal tissue, but Republicans won’t give up their fight to destroy an ethical organization that provide affordable, accessible healthcare to women. One blatant case is the way Florida Governor Rick Scott manipulated evidence that cleared Planned Parenthood, and used his power to send an entirely different, misleading message.
A Florida organization, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), was put in charge of investigating the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics to see if there was any wrong-doing when it came to fetal tissue. When the agency found that Planned Parenthood’s operations were perfectly ethical and legal, Scott’s office decided they couldn’t handle the truth and altered the agency’s statements to make it look like Planned Parenthood was guilty. That’s right: they purposely took out language from the agency’s statements that cleared Planned Parenthood, and instead tweaked it to say the exact opposite. These false, altered statements were then picked up by several media sources who believed that the information was accurate. Lies against Planned Parenthood were spread, and internal emails from Scott’s communications office were the source.