PA State Employees Fired After Abortion Scandal

Governor Tom Corbett

Six Pennsylvania state employees who were responsible for the oversight of the abortion ‘clinic’ run by Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist now facing murder charges, are no longer collecting paychecks.  A spokesman for Republican Governor Tom Corbett stated that six individuals had either resigned or were now terminated and that action was pending against eight other state employees.

Those bureaucrats no longer employed by the state of Pennsylvania are:

  • Chuck Hartwell, Supervisory Attorney (Department of State)
  • Basil Merenda, Secretary of the Commonwealth (Department of State)
  • Mark Greenwald, Attorney (Department of State)
  • Kenneth Brody, Senior Counsel (Department of Health)
  • Christine Dutton, Chief Counsel (Department of Health)
  • Stacy Mitchell, Deputy Secretary Quality Assurance (Department of Health)

Note that these folks were not low-level drones within the PA state bureaucracy.  The Governor is sending a strong message here making it clear that the usual insider abortion politics will not be tolerated at the agencies responsible for the oversight of abortion facilities.

This doesn’t even rise to the level of government-run amok.  It was government not running at all.  To call this ‘unacceptable’ doesn’t say enough.  It’s despicable.  It will be up to a jury to decide Dr. Gosnell’s guilt or innocence.  It is up to me to decide how to stop such horrors from taking place again.   Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Moving forward, the Governor announced that he was making immediate changes without legislative approval. Abortion facilities in Pennsylvania will now get annual and random unannounced inspections by the same Department of Health unit that currently inspects hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities.

Additional abortion facility changes going into effect immediately include:

  • Physicians at abortion facilities must report a serious event within 48 hours and an onsite investigation must begin in 5 days.
  • Abortion facilities must prominently display posters with a 24-hour, toll-free number to a complaint line.
  • Department of State reports on abortion facilities will now include more detailed information including the history of complaints and violations for each facility.

Good for the Governor.

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