Today five individuals who do not hold medical degrees handed down a decision giving a green light for the creation of more Gosnell Houses of Horror. The United States Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision threw out a portion of Texas abortion law that required the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical units and required doctors doing abortions have visiting privileges in a nearby hospital.
On Friday the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reported they had found no evidence that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in PA were involved in buying or selling fetal tissue – a euphemism for aborted babies’ hearts, brains, kidneys, livers, intact bodies, etc . The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide pro-life group, notes that this same department, along with the Department of State, repeatedly chose to do nothing despite being faced with evidence of wrongdoing at the Gosnell abortion clinic in Philadelphia.
Today the Pennsylvania Senate confirmed by a vote of 31 to 18 Pedro Cortes to be the commonwealth’s next Secretary of State. Cortes had previously served in that same position for seven years under Governor Ed Rendell. However, his track record during that time should have caused all 50 senators to pause in voting to confirm Cortes.
During Pedro Cortes’ tenure as Secretary of State there was a policy against regular inspections of abortion centers – and dozens of abortion-related complaints went unanswered, and a blind eye was turned to every report of violations at abortion centers. Now Tom Wolf wants to give him his old job back!
Two years ago today Kermit Gosnell, the abortionists at the House of Horrors in Philly, was convicted of delivering babies alive and snipping their spinal cords with scissors. The US House will be voting on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act today. Have we, as a nation, learned anything in the two years since Gosnell’s conviction?
A few days ago, Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced he wants Pedro Cortes to be his Secretary of State. One of the responsibilities of the Secretary of State is to oversee individual physicians, inspect abortion facilities and enforce safety regulations in PA. A grand jury investigation in January 2011 found that the Secretary of State had repeatedly ignored evidence and closed investigations even in the midst of escalating complaints about Gosnell’s abortion clinic.
Just a few days ago Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges within a 30 mile radius of the abortion facility. A bill has been introduced in Harrisburg, HB 1762, which would require the same thing, but the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Ron Marsico, is hesitating to run it.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) commends the Pennsylvania legislature for taking steps this week to protect the most vulnerable of Pennsylvanians — the unborn.