By Dave Andrusko
Pedro Cortes served as Secretary of State from April 2003 to June of 2010, the longest-serving Secretary of State in the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During that time, convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell preyed on poor women, making a fortune not only aborting hundreds of viable babies but also deliberating aborting viable babies alive and then killing them by severing their spinal cords.
Convicted of three counts of murder, Gosnell is now serving consecutive life sentences. (His lawyer, worried that the jury might come back with a death sentence, persuaded Gosnell to plead guilty.)
Cortes? He’s about to reassume his old post. (Cortes served under pro-abortion former Gov. Ed Rendell from 2003 to 2010.)
According to reporter Brad Bumstead
The state Senate on Tuesday approved Pedro Cortes for secretary of the Commonwealth, despite questions about his claims he knew nothing about a “house of horrors” run by a Philadelphia abortion clinic doctor convicted of murder.
The vote was 31-18.
“We’re obviously very pleased he was confirmed,” said Jeffrey Sheridan, Gov. Tom Wolf’s spokesman. “He is very qualified and experienced, and fully able to run the department.”
At his confirmation hearing last month, “Cortes denied having knowledge of Gosnell’s operations or looking the other way,” Bumstead wrote. “He said it had been difficult emotionally on him and his family.”
The Department of State regulates—or ought to regulate—abortion clinics.
In a very unusual move last month, the Senate State Government Committee voted “no recommendation” after Cortes’ hearing. But in a pivotal move, the panel decided to allow the full Senate to vote rather than block Cortes’ nomination
As NRL News and NRL News Today reported, the Philadelphia Grand Jury investigating Gosnell offered a blistering critique of city and state agencies for their failure to reign in Gosnell and his “House of Horrors.”
As we wrote back in April 2013, just prior to Gosnell’s conviction on three counts of first degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter:
“The alleged atrocities Gosnell and his staff are accused of were not a deep, dark secret. The level—yes—but not that the abortion clinic was woefully inadequate and that women were in peril. Various health officials knew about some and could easily have known about a lot more, if they were the least bit interested. They weren’t. Politics carried the day. There is this from page nine of the Grand Jury report:
“After 1993, even that pro forma effort came to an end. Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”
“Just to be clear: Gosnell was free to run wild because to rein him in would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Pro-abortionists insist they never lobbied for non-enforcement, in fact, just the opposite. How credible is that to anyone over the age of 8?”