Most Of Pennsylvanias Abortion Clinics May Have To Close

04.12.11 | Sarah Harnisch, Terry Diener

 Abortion clinics in Pennsylvania would be required to meet the same safety standards as outpatient surgery centers under a bill that has the approval of a state house committee. The House Health Committee approved the bill Monday. It was written in the wake of allegations that a Philadelphia doctor performed illegal abortions that killed a patient and viable infants. The American Civil Liberties Union warns that the bill would require the clinics to make expensive changes that could force most, if not all, to close. The state renewed regular inspections of abortion clinics after a February 2010 drug raid by authorities uncovered poor conditions at women's medical society clinic. A Philadelphia grand jury says the state had ended regular inspections in about 1995 to avoid barriers for women seeking abortions.