PA governor sends six state workers packing over Gosnell case

posted at 2:00 pm on February 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The horror show uncovered by a grand jury in Philadelphia has resulted in a significant change in Pennsylvania policy regarding abortion clinics.  Governor Tom Corbett has announced that abortion clinics will get unannounced inspections during any hours of operation, and the results of inspections will get posted on line.  Nine state workers have been terminated in the wake of the grotesque series of crimes Kermit Gosnell allegedly committed:

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).

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.

The New York Times takes a mild interest in the new regime announced by Corbett.  The Times puts the number of terminations slightly higher at eleven:

Governor Corbett ordered the state’s abortion clinics to be inspected at least once a year and said clinics that fail to meet basic state health standards would be closed, at least temporarily.

Pennsylvania abortion clinics will also have unannounced inspections, including during evenings and weekends. The results will be posted online.

Governor Corbett said 11 state employees had been dismissed or resigned since the conditions at Dr. Gosnell’s clinic became public. The clinic’s practices had been the subject of numerous complaints for at least a decade before it was closed.

The Boss Emeritus notes that the anger and demand for action over Gosnell’s abbatoir appears to be entirely bipartisan in Pennsylvania, but not so much elsewhere:

The White House and the Democrat leadership in Washington may not care, but the people of the state of Pennsylvania — in both parties — have not turned a blind eye to the innocent victims of the Philadelphia Horror.

GOP Gov. Tom Corbett announced the firing of six state workers who aided and abetted the baby serial killing spree and the butchering of untold numbers of women’s lives[.]

Corbett has responded forcefully and passionately to the grand jury exposé.  The people of Pennsylvania appear to appreciate it, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac, via Jim Geraghty:

Although the largest share of Pennsylvania registered voters, 50 percent, don’t yet have an opinion of Gov. Tom Corbett’s job performance, the new governor gets a 39 – 11 percent approval rating from those who do have an opinion, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.  …

“Gov. Corbett is off to a good start. Although half the electorate doesn’t have an opinion of him, among those who have an opinion more than three times as many approve of what he has done so far than who disapprove,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “His challenge will be to keep that ratio of support as he gets more detailed about how he’ll deal with the state government’s shortfall when he releases his budget next month.”

Michelle urges people to continue to shine a light on the Gosnell case.  If this involved a dentist or surgeon deliberately murdering patients, it would be national news and we wouldn’t have to urge people to demand answers.


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oh God, this is horrible.

Please, please tell me these fired workers will still get full pensions, plus 100% disability for their emotional suffering from being fired.

joeindc44 on February 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

A few thousand babies too late, and a dollar short, but at least it makes the story a little harder to just ignore. As much as the MSM is doing its best to pretend it didn’t happen.

DrAllecon on February 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Frankly, I am gob-smacked by the lack of interest in this story.

Queen0fCups on February 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Isn’t this guy just fulfilling the Progressive goal of getting rid of the “weeds”?

What’s the big fuss?

I mean Margaret Sanger, Helen Keller, George Bernard Shaw, Darwin, Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson would all be cheering right now if they weren’t burning in hell.

PappyD61 on February 16, 2011 at 2:07 PM

ordered the state’s abortion clinics to be inspected at least once a year and said clinics that fail to meet basic state health standards would be closed, at least temporarily

I’m having a bit of trouble reconciling ‘abortion clinics’ and ‘state health standards’ in this context….I know, I know…just crazy talk…

ted c on February 16, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I bet at least some of them knew the full extent of what was going on. They should be on trial as accessories.

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

No indictments on accessory charges?

pugwriter on February 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Here’s the grand jury report. It’s a 281-page PDF, but worth reading every page. There’s apalling stuff the newspapers didn’t even touch in there.

http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/PDFs/GrandJuryWomensMedical.pdf

I’m up to page 69, in which the untrailed assistant with Hep C was giving improper IVs to patients while not wearing gloves.

albo on February 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Since he did something good, the R after his name must not be printed?

PattyJ on February 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I bet at least some of them knew the full extent of what was going on. They should be on trial as accessories.

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

No indictments on accessory charges?

pugwriter on February 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I really should have taken that typing class in high school.

pugwriter on February 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

And yet, the Virginia senate may not pass a law requiring the regulation of abortion centers. This bill has only three simple conditions: an annual inspection, a requirement of life saving equipment on premises, and licensure by a state regulatory agency. Specificaly, the law is HB 1428 and it has been stuck in committee. I think they are voting on it on 2-17-11.

Not to detract from the exposure Gosnell deserves, but the above bill might help to prevent somthing similar in at least 1 state.

AnotherOpinion on February 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

oh God, this is horrible.

Please, please tell me these fired workers will still get full pensions, plus 100% disability for their emotional suffering from being fired.

joeindc44 on February 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Better yet, they will probably get lobbying jobs with Planned Parenthood or NARAL,

DJ Rick on February 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I really should have taken that typing class in high school.

pugwriter on February 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Heh. Gotta be quick at HotAir.

I’m up to page 69, in which the untrailed assistant with Hep C was giving improper IVs to patients while not wearing gloves.

albo on February 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Anything in there about the officials knowing what was going on?

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

The horror show uncovered….

tommer74 on February 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Fired? That’s it? No criminal investigation?

darwin on February 16, 2011 at 2:19 PM

2nd that queenofcups

*crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on February 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Heh. I just noticed that in the photo of the house of horrors, is a brickwork design of a male and female figure holding a small child between them.

Buy Danish on February 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Pattyj

Ding ding ding

cmsinaz on February 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Fired? That’s it? No criminal investigation?

darwin on February 16, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Can the PA governor order criminal investigation?

baldilocks on February 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Nine state workers have been terminated in the wake of the grotesque series of crimes Kermit Gosnell allegedly committed:

What’s the difference between Gosnell’s clinic and the local Planned Parenthood? Gosnell should have hired a better janitor. That’s about it. The end result is the same – dead babies everywhere.

Eventually God is going to want to clear up this little misunderstanding. Unfortunately, I am probably going to get caught in the wave, or struck by the lightning or fall into the abyss or have the meteor hit me square on the head. That’s gonna hurt.

turfmann on February 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Anything in there about the officials knowing what was going on?

Oh yeah. Lots about them.

But I just bailed on the report. It’s got pics. I almost threw up–there’s one of a dead infant in a box, and a pic of a child with it’s spinal cord snipped. Horrible.

I take it back–don’t read it, please. I’m serious.

albo on February 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Just curious here- are Pennsylvania Department of State and Department of Health workers unionized?

rotorhead on February 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I take it back–don’t read it, please. I’m serious.

albo on February 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Thanks for taking as much as you did for the team.

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Just curious here- are Pennsylvania Department of State and Department of Health workers unionized?

Yep. It’s PA–state employment is union closed shop, except for various upper-level employees and appointees who are non-civil-service and at the Gov’s whim.

albo on February 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

The incompetence was stumbled upon.

But how many more of these la clinique abattoir exist elsewhere?

Kini on February 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Can the PA governor order criminal investigation?

baldilocks on February 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Yup.

katy the mean old lady on February 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Governor Tom Corbett has announced that abortion clinics will get unannounced inspections during any hours of operation, and the results of inspections will get posted on line.

Gee, there’s an idea. (There is no sarc tag strong enough to convey the depths of my sarcastic contempt. Just use your imagine as best you can).

It is both sad and tragic (and oh so predictable) that we are – once again – slamming the barn door now that the horse is out.

On another thread, I mentioned that we will do the very same thing on our southern border once the first nuke is carried across. Just as with this, completely preventable. And just as with this, I guarantee it won’t be prevented.

And once it happens, politicians will fall over themselves to be the first and loudest to slam that barn door the hardest.

For the love of God, why can’t our leaders just ONCE, on any issue, take the obvious, common sense steps to prevent tragedy BEFORE the tragedy happens?

Nine state workers have been terminated in the wake of the grotesque series of crimes Kermit Gosnell allegedly committed:

I’m guessing you don’t mean “terminated” in the way I wish you meant it, huh?

Professor Blather on February 16, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Nine state workers have been terminated in the wake of the grotesque series of crimes Kermit Gosnell allegedly committed

My shcok and horror is that only nine state employees (“workers”) have been terminated in the wake of the grotesque series of crimes Kermit Gossnell allegedly committed.

Inquiry: “Hey, what about the body parts in your freezer?”

Gosnell/”workers: “uhh, my lunch is in there. I don’t know about the rest of it.”

Inquiry: “What about these jars all over the place, the ones with human feet in them — human BABY feet.”

Gosnell/workers: “Allegedly human feet. Allegedly BABY feet. Allegedly jars.”

Inquiry: “These jars WITH contents have been taken into custody as evidence of possible crime.”

Gosnell/workers: “Alleged jars.”

Inquiry: “They’re jars. What else can they be?”

Gosnell/workers: “Allegedly. So you say.”

Lourdes on February 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I bet at least some of them knew the full extent of what was going on. They should be on trial as accessories.

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Predictable, standard leftwing response to that:

“Well, that’s your opinion. Allegedly. So you say.”

Lourdes on February 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Read it – we need to have the guts to face evil square on – just do it on an empty stomach, and with no firearms to hand.

holdfast on February 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

I bet at least some of them knew the full extent of what was going on. They should be on trial as accessories.

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Predictable, standard leftwing response to that:

“Well, that’s your opinion. Allegedly. So you say.”

Lourdes on February 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Watched a show just yesterday (“ID”) that exposed the crimes of and eventual (final, over nine years into the crime spree) of a serial rapist and murderer.

Abundant, conclusive DNA was gathered and presented by the prosecution on behalf of the victims as to the rapist’s/murderer’s guilt as to each victim.

When questioned after being taken into custody, and the DNA evidence presented to him during questioning, with declarations made by LE that the evidence placed him at the scene of the crimes, rapist/murderer sat calmly and repeated:

“So you say.”

and,

“That’s what you say.”

Lourdes on February 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM

The incompetence was stumbled upon.

But how many more of these la clinique abattoir exist elsewhere?

Kini on February 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Unfortunately, for many lives among the unborn now lost, I think most of us know that there are many more of these nationwide. And many more Gosnell’s currently engaged in their evil deeds.

Lourdes on February 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Read it – we need to have the guts to face evil square on – just do it on an empty stomach, and with no firearms to hand.

holdfast on February 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Exactly! As horrible, and as gruesome as this is,…in order to recognize, and confront evil, we need to be aware that it does exist, and not turn a blind eye to it. That is why this was allowed to happen.

From the stories I have read about this, people were aware of this place, yet no one did anything about it. I hope, those times are over, and we put a foot down, to end this carnage.

capejasmine on February 16, 2011 at 3:17 PM

So much for those legal abortions being ‘safe’.

Badger40 on February 16, 2011 at 3:32 PM

In fact, an abortion in a back alley with some alcohol & a coathanger would have probably been safer than this shop of horrors.
Evil.

Badger40 on February 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM

the anger and demand for action over Gosnell’s abbatoir appears to be entirely bipartisan in Pennsylvania, but not so much elsewhere:

Could it be that it’s good politics for the local Dems to appear concerned about this abuse, but for the national Dems to play it down? Just wondering.

paul1149 on February 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Just curious here- are Pennsylvania Department of State and Department of Health workers unionized?

Yep. It’s PA–state employment is union closed shop, except for various upper-level employees and appointees who are non-civil-service and at the Gov’s whim.

albo on February 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Great. What’s the union got to say about the firings? Crickets, I bet…

rotorhead on February 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Two things missing from this horses-gone-shut-barn-door action: 1) Recognition that the so-called abortions Gosnell and crew did were illegal — more like assisted infanticide than abortion 2) Other clinics and abortion providers that refused to do assisted infanticide referred women to him. And they knew what he was doing. Every one of the clinics that sent women to Gosnell should be shut down immediately.

starboardhelm on February 16, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Shall we have a countdown to the wrongful termination lawsuits that surely are coming?

PattyJ on February 16, 2011 at 4:33 PM

What’s ironic in PA is that the former governor Casey was a Dem and pro-life while Ridge the Repub was pro-choice. Much of this grew under Ridge.

the policy change occurred after 1993 when attorneys under the administration of then-governor Tom Ridge “interpreted the same regulations that had permitted annual inspections for years to no longer authorize those inspections.” Thereafter, only inspections triggered by complaints were authorized.

Deanna on February 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM

If I may quote Col. Walter E. Kurtz “Drop the bomb! Kill Them all!

BruceB on February 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Seen this? House Actress Lisa Edelstein Does Pro-Abortion MoveOn Ad

Kind of makes me want to avoid Fox TV network on Mondays.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Lets watch to see if the Bar Association follows up on the lawyers who enabled this by giving legal advice that abortion clinics were not to be inspected in Pennsylvania.

duncantwn on February 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

When the Allies liberated the death camps at the end of WWII, Eisenhower ordered every citizen of the adjacent German towns to be rounded up and forced to tour the camps in person, so they could see with their own eyes the horror they’d willfully tolerated in their own back yard. Every citizen of Philadelphia, every single one, should have his or her nose rubbed in this mess, until the stench makes them vomit. Maybe then they’ll get it….maybe!

Lew on February 16, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Good for the new Governor…Hmmm, having resigned and/or been fired makes the former public servants private citizens just in time to hire their attorneys with non-tax payer dollars..

Gohawgs on February 17, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Remember how Senator Bob Casey Jr claimed to be “pro-life”? He’s up for re-election in 2012, and he needs to be sent home. I think Rick Santorum could take Casey down if he chose to pursue the Senate (hint, hint).

olesparkie on February 17, 2011 at 7:19 AM