Abortions, other services restricted at Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee
By Tiffanie Reynolds
The Kissimmee Planned Parenthood clinic, located at 610 Oak Commons Blvd., can no longer perform abortions, any other outpatient surgical procedures and emergency medical services after a temporary injunction was granted at a hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse Wednesday.
Protestors demonstrated in front of Kissimmee City Hall in April against Planned Parenthood opening an office in city limits. The clinic can no longer perform abortions or any other outpatient procedures after a temporary injunction was granted by a judge on Wednesday.
MMB Properties, who owns a medical office building at 601 Oak Commons Blvd., filed the complaint and a request for a permanent injunction in June because the clinic breaches the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions within the Oak Commons Medical Park.
The declaration lists what practices are permissible at the medical park.
The complaint states that the Planned Parenthood clinic is performing three practices listed as restricted in the declaration: outpatient surgical center, emergency medical center and diagnostic imaging center, which include breast diagnostic testing.
The complaint also states that since the clinic opened, protests against its abortion services have resulted in complaints from patients and disruption in medical businesses inside MMB’s building.
“Just all the commotion. People parking in there, protestors parking in their parking lot. Just the amount of protests going on. Their patients were complaining about access, it disrupted their medical practice,” said Dennis O’Conner, one of three attorneys representing MMB Properties in the case.
Jenna Tosh, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, said that the organization plans to appeal the ruling.
Planned Parenthood has been aware of the restrictions since it started the process to purchase and open the clinic in Kissimmee, and a due diligence process concluded that it does not violate any of the restrictions in the Oak Commons Medical Park said Director of External Affairs Anna Eskamani.
Eskamani said that the injunction, while stopping services such as abortion, does not impact the majority of the services that the clinic provides.
“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,” said Tosh in a statement about Wednesday’s ruling.
The temporary injunction will be in effect until the trial date on the case, which will determine if the injunction will become permanent. O’Conner said that a date for a full trial has not been set.