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Pennsylvania: no abortion clinic inspections for 15 years

Catholic World News - January 26, 2011

After Governor Tom Ridge, a “pro-choice” Catholic, became governor of Pennsylvania in 1995, his administration ended inspections of abortion clinics, creating a climate in which abortionists like the notorious Kermit Gosnell could flourish, according to a grand jury report. Gov. Ed Rendell, who also favors legalized abortion, restored the practice of inspections in 2010.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all,” the grand jury report charged. “With the change of administration from Governor [Robert] Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions … Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.”

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  • Posted by: damian.riggs8445 - Jan. 27, 2011 3:24 PM ET USA

    A dangerous and tragic combination, weak clergy and nominal or fallen-away Catholics. It's very sad, indeed, for the whole world. Thank God though; we're at the dawn of an awakening in the Church that will ultimately bless the whole world!!! Let us live our Baptism. :)

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jan. 27, 2011 8:11 AM ET USA

    Votes and dollars at the expense of women and their most vulnerable children - the unborn. Babies' remains simply tossed in the trash or incinerated. Look at the thousands and thousands of women who regret their abortions because no one explained to them exactly what an 'abortion' really is ...the majority of women if making an INFORMED decision, would never allow those horrific procedures to be done to their precious LIVE, unborn children.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jan. 27, 2011 1:17 AM ET USA

    And because Mr. Ridge's bishops never challenged him effectively and publicly about his abortion position, thus allowing him to continue to claim to be a Catholic, the Church will now be tainted in some minds with his bad judgment. So much for the "pastoral" approach.

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