Troubled Harrisburg Abortion Center ClosedBy Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
NRL News Today - June 7, 2017
The sign on the door says it all—the troubled Hillcrest abortion facility in Harrisburg is closed until further notice. The question is why did it take so long?
A 44-page document from the Pennsylvania Department of Health noted the health and safety failures of the long-time abortion operation which included everything from failing to maintain proper medical credentials to maintaining supplies that were 13 years old. Hillcrest also performed a number of abortions without having a nurse present. In addition, staff members failed to undergo the criminal background checks mandated for seeing patients under 18 years old.
Following the release of the inspection report several Pennsylvania state Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Karen Murphy, demanding answers.
“These health and safety violations are obviously deeply troubling,” state Senators Joe Scarnati, Bob Mensch, and John DiSanto, wrote. “However, even more problematic appears to be DOH’s response, which was to allow the abortion clinic to continue operating while granting Hillcrest a six month grace period to correct the citied ‘deficiencies.’ To make matters worse, this was Hillcrest’s fourth finding of deficiencies in just the past six years.”
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