Pennsylvania House Passes Bill To Regulate Abortion Clinics

12.14.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  The Pennsylvania State House has passed a bill to regulate abortion clinics. Abortion clinics will now be subject to unannounced inspections, and they will be held to the same regulatory standards as surgical facilities. Opponents say the requirements are costly and will put every clinic in the state out of business, leading to back-alley abortions. The measure was drafted in the wake of criminal charges against Doctor Kermit Gosnell, the west Philly doctor who ran an illegal clinic where a woman died and seven abortion survivors were killed. The clinic went uninspected for more then 10 years. The Pennsylvania House has already passed the measure-- meaning it needs only the Governor's signature to become law.