By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
A public report from a recent inspection of a Planned Parenthood center in Pennsylvania reveals that the facility performed an abortion on a teenage girl without obtaining parental consent 24 hours prior to the abortion. This represents a clear violation of the Commonwealth’s time-tested Abortion Control Act, which has been in place for decades.
According to the March 11th Department of Health report, a review of records “revealed no documented evidence that the parent of the pediatric patient was provided or signed an informed consent prior to the abortion” occurring at the Planned Parenthood Keystone in Warminster. The abortion took place on December 30, 2020.
Under the inspection report’s “Plan of Correction” it states that “all applicable staff were retrained on 24-hour consents by the Center Manager.” The report also says that a manager “will audit 24-hour consents monthly for the next two months to ensure compliance.” But beyond retraining, some paperwork audits, and a failing grade on its inspection report, it does not appear that the Planned Parenthood facility will receive any significant penalty for breaking the law.
The revelation comes amidst intense scrutiny of the abortion industry by a panel of Pennsylvania lawmakers, who have been holding a series of hearings on the subject of abortion in the Keystone State.
Before the hearings began, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren, Crawford, and Forest Counties), the majority chair of the Health Committee for the PA House of Representatives, lamented the lack of accountability by abortion facilities in the Commonwealth.
Specifically, the lawmaker has been seeking answers to the DOH’s follow-up procedures for abortions performed on minors.
During an April 21st hearing, Planned Parenthood Keystone CEO Melissa Reed dismissed the hearings as a waste of taxpayer money. She also said, “Planned Parenthood follows all the Pennsylvania laws” and made specific reference to the 24-hour informed consent requirement.
In the end, the system failed this minor and her preborn baby. No one bothered to consult her parents—even though the abortion facility had a legal obligation to obtain parental consent. There is no notation in the inspection report of any follow-up the Department of Health will do for this teenager, who had to deal with the aftermath of the abortion on her own.
It is quite simply a tragedy—and one more sign that the abortion industry cannot police itself.