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Fla. Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Planned Parenthood Clinic

Fla. Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Planned Parenthood Clinic

July 28, 2014 — The Osceola County Court in Florida on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction against a Planned Parenthood clinic located in Kissimmee, Fla., after a neighboring property owner filed complaints that the clinic was violating property restrictions, the Osceola News-Gazette reports.

According to the News-Gazette, MMB Properties -- which owns a medical office building in Oak Commons Medical Park -- asked the court for a permanent injunction against the Planned Parenthood clinic in June.

MMB's complaint alleged that the clinic was performing three practices -- operating as an outpatient surgical center, an emergency medical center and a diagnostic imaging center -- that are prohibited within the medical park under the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. In addition, the complaint said that protests targeting the clinic have disrupted the medical businesses inside MMB's building and spurred complaints from patients.

The court on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction, barring the clinic from offering abortion services or any other outpatient surgical services or emergency medical services. According to the News-Gazette, the injunction will hold until the trial date on the case, which has yet to be scheduled.


Jenna Tosh, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, said that the organization will appeal the ruling. "Planned Parenthood will continue providing essential reproductive health services at our new Kissimmee Health Center, and we will continue to do everything we can to protect women's access to care," Tosh said.

Separately, Anna Eskamani, director of external affairs for PPGO, said that Planned Parenthood was aware of the restrictions when it purchased the clinic and had determined after due diligence that services offered by the clinic did not violate the medical park's contract restrictions.

Eskamani added that while the injunction halts abortion services at the clinic, it does not prevent the clinic from offering the majority of services it provides (Reynolds, Osceola News-Gazette, 7/24).