Pennsylvania State Workers Fired In Wake Of West Philadelphia Abortion Probe

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has fired some state workers and suspended others in the wake of a far-reaching investigation of a West Philadelphia abortion clinic by a Philadelphia grand jury.

Other workers in the Pennsylvania Department of State and Department of Health have also tendered their resignations after the grand jury found that a lack of governmental oversight allowed illegal and harmful conditions to persist at the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is now charged with eight counts of murder (see related story).

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(Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Tony Romeo)

Today, Gov. Corbett (right) announced that six additional individuals in the departments of state and health are no longer employed by the commonwealth, having either resigned or been fired.

Earlier, three employees named in the grand jury report had quit.  Action is pending against eight others.

Corbett called the situation “despicable,” saying this was a case not of government running amok but rather not running at all.  He said that any facility that fails to report a serious incident will face fines of up to $1,000 a day.

The governor added that abortion clinics throughout the state will be inspected annually, and there will be additional unannounced, random inspections.

Later, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams issued a statement that said in part, “I applaud the governor for his quick and decisive actions.  While my office is addressing the criminal activity charged in this case, Governor Corbett’s leadership is holding people within state government accountable.”

Reported by KYW Newsradio Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo.

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One Comment

  1. TheRMSDave says:

    Let’s blacklist Tom Ridge, too, for telling the state health dept. to suspend the inspection of abortion clinics; it’s in the grand jury report. Jerk, the least they could’ve done is let women know that Pennsylvania’s abortion clinics are going back alley.

  2. Sue Cirba says:

    When a pregnant woman who has decided to give birth goes to an OB/GYN during her pregnancy, she gets to hear the baby’s heartbeat. By about twelve weeks she gets to see an ultrasound picture of the baby. If a woman is not sure of what she wants to do, she can go to a crisis pregnancy center where at least she will see pictures of a developing child within the womb. If she goes to an abortion clinic she will see no picture, hear no heart beat, view no ultrasound. How long will we as a nation allow the abortionists to prey upon vulnerable women? The late Governor Casey had a book printed up for women seeking abortion with pictures of the developing child in the womb. It was to have been given to each woman entering an abortion clinic in the interest of informed consent.. Subsequent administrations abandoned the effort to properly inform women about abortion. I applaud Governor Corbett for his decisive action.l

  3. Michael Ciccocioppo says:

    I applaud Governor Tom Corbett for his leadership in responding to the atrocities found at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion facility. The tragic loss of life there and the manner in which women were brutalized in that abortion center were truly horrific. I also agree with the Governor that the state failed to properly oversee the facility, and we welcome the sweeping changes the Corbett Administration is making in an effort to protect women. The Gosnell case was a wake-up call for Pennsylvania and demonstrated the horrific conditions that can exist inside an abortion center. I am hopeful that the General Assembly will show similar courage in enacting legislation that will provide strict scrutiny of abortion facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

  4. Ray says:

    Yeah…. And these people will no doubt turn up in other State patronage jobs. Why are they not being prosecuted as accessories to the deaths? Same old PA politics.

  5. Steve says:

    i love this story. It’s about government learning about how ineffective government really is. HAHHAHAHHA im laughing so hard. Keep raising my taxes – the money is being so WELL SPENT!

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