By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
A recent inspection of a Philadelphia abortion facility highlights why abortion centers cannot be trusted to police themselves.
Inspectors discovered numerous health and safety violations at the PPSP Far Northeast Health Center in November.
To begin with, the facility failed to discard outdated supplies. These supplies included the instruments used to conduct abortions. When asked for the facility’s policy regarding discarding outdated supplies, “none was provided.”
But the violations did not end there. The inspection also found an unclean ultrasound machine, used latex gloves on the operating floor, and blood-like substances at the bottom of the refrigerator in the facility’s contamination room.
An approved plan of correction “is not on file.”
Is this any way to run a business, let alone a medical facility?! Despite the filthy conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Health website continues to list the PPSP Far Northeast Health Center as “open.”
It is illustrative at this point to recall why we have such health department inspections in the first place. There was a time in Pennsylvania when inspections simply didn’t occur, the result of what even a grand jury recognized as pro-abortion politics.
Then came abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his West Philadelphia “House of Horrors.” Investigators believed that Gosnell had murdered hundreds of newborn babies by “snipping” their spinal cords. In the end, prosecutors could bring charges in only a handful of cases because Gosnell destroyed so many records.
Gosnell is now serving three consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of three babies. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion lawmakers in the state legislature want to pass a Constitutional Amendment which would wipe out all protections for preborn babies, including abortion center regulations.
At a time when abortion facilities are routinely failing inspection in Pennsylvania, such a proposed policy could lead to the advent of future Gosnells—people who would blithely trade women’s health and safety to make a fast buck.