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Central Florida Planned Parenthood Clinics ‘Won’t Back Down’ After Colorado

Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida CEO Barbara Zdravecky at a press conference.

Central Florida’s Planned Parenthood CEO said the group “won’t back down” in the wake of a deadly Colorado shooting.

The Colorado rampage left three dead and nine wounded over the holiday weekend. Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida CEO Barbara Zdravecky spoke at a press conference today.

She said Planned Parenthood has a saying:

“These doors stay open,” Zdravecky  said. “It means we won’t back down because of protesters, because of violent extremists, or anyone else.”

The affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America has operations in Kissimmee, Orlando, Sarasota, Manatee, Naples, Immokalee, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Lakeland and Winter Haven.

“Our health centers here in Southwest and Central Florida were open on Saturday as normal and we continued on with our business in our regularly scheduled clinic hours,” Zdravecky  said. “We’ve continued to do this after every incident that Planned Parenthood has endured over the years.”

Police have not released a motive in the Colorado shooting, but multiple outlets have quoted the shooter as mentioning quote “baby parts” to police. The Orlando Sentinel reports that an Orlando group planning an anti-Planned Parenthood rally has delayed the rally until spring.


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Health reporting on WMFE is supported in part by AdventHealth.

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Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »

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