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From CNN this afternoon:

Calling state oversight of an abortion clinic where at least one mother and 7 viable babies died “despicable,” PA Gov. Tom Corbett fired a half-dozen employees and announced changes Tuesday in 2 departments.

The Dept. of Health and the Dept. of State have primary oversight over such clinics.

“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,” Corbett said.

Seven employees from the Dept. of Health, as well as the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, a branch of the Dept. of State – are no longer employed by the state, having either resigned or been terminated since the situation came to light, Corbett said in statement.

In addition, 4 other former employees named in the grand jury investigation had previously resigned….

Corbett announced changes in the Dept. of Health and Dept. of State, including new controls and conditions “designed to protect the health and safety of women who use these facilities in the future.” Changes include cross-checking files, establishing searchable databases of inspections, improving training, making correction plans and inspecting abortion clinics annually.

The silver lining of the Gosnell massacre is now all PA abortion mills will be under much more scrutiny, which is great. Would that all states take these sorts of proactive measures against abortuaries. From the New York Times, this afternoon:

Gov. 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.

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

Gov. Corbett said clinics would be fined up to $1,000 a day if any incident deemed serious – defined as causing to a patient to require additional medical treatment – is not reported immediately to the state. After any report, state inspectors would be required to perform an on-site investigation within 5 business days, officials said.

If violations are found during inspections, the governor said, abortion clinics must file a detailed plan to correct any problems within 10 days. If they do not do so, they will be subject to another inspection and a second 10-day correction period. If the clinic still fails to comply, its operations will be suspended. has more details on specific new state regulations for abortion mills.

Details on who was fired from the Associated Press:

A Corbett aide identified the employees who left the state work force on Friday but would not specify who had been fired and who resigned.

Corbett said some people have been suspended while they investigate further. Corbett press secretary Kevin Harley later added that some people involved in the probe remain on the job because they “have certain rights” as union members….

Dept. of State supervisory lawyer Chuck Hartwell said he was given a letter that said his services were no longer required. Hartwell… worked for the state for 12 years….

Basil Merenda, who was secretary of state at the end of Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration, said he was terminated on Friday. Like Hartwell, he was told his services were no longer needed.

Merenda, a former deputy attorney general in NJ… who had most recently been working as a hearing examiner, said the state Board of Medicine, on which he served, never got a case against Gosnell from the agency’s prosecuting lawyers.

“Do you think for one minute that if I had known what was going on with the Gosnell complaints that I would have tolerated that? [JLS comment: Yes.] Come on,” Merenda said. “You can’t say I was involved in the Gosnell matter when I had absolutely no input.”

The other 4 who resigned or were dismissed on Friday, according to Harley, were Dept. of State attorney Mark Greenwald and Dept. of Health senior counsel Kenneth Brody, chief counsel Christine Dutton and deputy secretary for quality assurance Stacy Mitchell….

[HT: Andy Moore at Star-Studded Super Step]

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