Ward Seeks Accountability for State Employees Derelict in Oversight of Philadelphia Abortion Clinic

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – At a joint hearing today of the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and Health and Welfare Committee in to state oversight issues that arose during the recent Grand Jury presentment on the abortion clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell in the City of Philadelphia; State Senator Kim Ward (R-39th) expressed her outrage at the lack of accountability and dismissive nature of staff from both the PA Dept. of State and PA Dept. of Health who were involved in this case.

“It’s reprehensible that two state agencies, charged with ensuring that the laws and regulations of this commonwealth are enforced and followed, failed the women and children butchered by this doctor,” stated Ward.

Representatives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office testifying told Senator Ward that the staff from both agencies were dismissive, cavalier, and had an overall negative attitude during the grand jury proceedings.  They also indicated that both agencies were not cooperative during their investigation in which two individuals had died, and a number of fetuses were killed after live still-birth.

“Reading that testimony seemed like something straight from a fictional horror story. Between state agencies ignoring the complaints, and the Philadelphia Health Department’s failure to act when on site, it is time that the buck stops at the feet of these public sector bureaucrats,” said Ward.  “There simply is no excuse for this lack of oversight,” she finished.

Senator Ward is a member of both the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, and the Health and Welfare Committee.  The two committees will hold independent hearings to investigate the operations of the PA Department of State and the PA Department of Health.

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