January 13, 2021

As One-Fourth of Free-Standing Abortion Clinics in PA. Violate Health Rules, What Could be Happening in Illinois?

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Data from the Pennsylvania Health Department website reveals that a quarter of free-standing abortion businesses in the state have violated health and safety rules in the past four months.

The health department website lists 16 free-standing abortion clinics in Pennsylvania, four of which were found to be “not in compliance” with state requirements during the past four months.

Pennsylvania legislators were motivated to require regular inspections of abortion clinics after the infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies and the involuntary manslaughter of a female patient, but state health officials apparently suspended those inspections for five months last year due to the pandemic. When legislators pushed for those inspections to resume, they quickly found several violations, suggesting that the lack of inspections allowed clinics to relax their health protocols.

Illinois is well-known for having some of the most relaxed abortion laws in the nation, allowing clinics to go long stretches of time without being inspected. According to Illinois Right to Life (not to be confused with the Illinois Federation for Right to Life), many Illinois clinics have never been inspected since they opened.

If the violations of Pennsylvania abortion businesses and the language of the Illinois Reproductive Health Act are any indication, Illinois abortion businesses likely have an easy time hiding safety hazards from the public. As time goes on, this only puts more and more vulnerable women at risk.

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