Abortion Clinic Regulation Takes Important Steps Forward in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Rep. Matt Baker

By Dave Andrusko

Prime Sponsor state Rep. Matt Baker said it best. A proposed bill to hold abortion clinics to the same regulations that apply to freestanding ambulatory surgical centers “shouldn’t be about whether you are pro-life or pro-choice,” said Baker, a Republican from Tioga. “This is about patient safety.”

But that didn’t prevent Democrats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from trying to derail the bill. However, according to the Associated Press, Republicans “beat back a series of proposed changes to a bill that would tighten supervision of abortion clinics.”

What became clear during the debate is that the primary reason this bill gained traction—the actions of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who stands accused of eight counts of murder—while extreme, are not the only example of abortion clinic failures.

As we discussed in March the fallout from a highly critical Grand Jury report led to the state resuming the inspection of abortion clinics. What was found was not encouraging but also not unexpected.

“When you have three out of 23 clinics closing their doors because of substandard care, and an additional 15 failing to pass inspections, I think there is a much broader problem,” said state Rep. Bryan Cutler,  according to the Associated Press.

“We cannot tolerate this,” said Rep. Mauree Gingrich,  “We can’t call it a loophole. We have to fix it; we have to stop it. We have to do more; we can’t do less.”

Gosnell, 70, is being held without bail on eight murder counts.  He is charged with third-degree murder in the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, and seven counts of first-degree murder for viable babies who he killed when he allegedly severed their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

The Grand Jury also concluded that Gosnell had undoubtedly killed many other viable babies after he aborted them alive but whose medical records could not be found.

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