As investigators continue poring over the long and horror-filled record of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion practice, the excuses and obfuscations by state officials are coming out in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett has called for an investigation into how the Pennsylvania Health Department and State Department failed to investigate and otherwise catch Gosnell for years on end. He’s given a one-week deadline to get answers.
Counsel to the Health Department sums up the state’s position until Gosnell’s horrific record came to light - people die. The Department steadfastly refused to investigate complaints and even malpractice cases that resulted in deaths of women.
And the situation was not much better in neighboring Delaware where Gosnell worked one day a week for years on end. Delaware finally suspended Gosnell’s license this week, but where were they for years since the warning signs were present in many forms - including when the National Abortion Federation made the rare move to reject Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic as a member because it did not meet their standards and the deficiencies were not correctable in 2009.