PA governor sends six state workers packing over Gosnell case

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.