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Abortion Clinic To Pay $3K In State Settlement

Though continuing to dispute the allegations, a Broward County abortion clinic has agreed to pay $3,000 as part of a settlement with the state in a case about whether the clinic performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license, according to documents filed this week in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Aastra Women's Center and the state Agency for Health Care Administration indicated in December that they had reached a proposed settlement, with an attorney for the clinic describing it at the time as a "business decision."

The terms of the settlement were filed Thursday in the Division of Administrative Hearings, where the clinic had challenged the allegations.

The Agency for Health Care Administration in September accused Aastra and four other clinics of performing second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

The clinics filed legal challenges, arguing that the agency used a shifting definition of what constitutes the first trimester of pregnancy.

In the settlement filed this week, both sides stuck to their positions, with the document saying Aastra "denies the validity of the allegations raised in the administrative complaint" and that the agency "asserts the validity of the allegations."

 

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