Pennsylvania could soon consider legislation that would give women seeking an abortion more helpful information.
State legislators in the state's House of Representatives are considering House Bill 2138 -- what Maria Gallagher of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation calls a "common sense measure" that calls for set standards and regular and surprise inspections of the state's abortion clinics.
"Pennsylvania suffered a terrible tragedy with Kermit Gosnell and his house of horrors in West Philadelphia, where newborn babies were murdered and where women lost their lives," Gallagher notes. "So we need to make sure that our laws are as strong as possible."
Gosnell, whose clinic was filthy and whose workers were not properly trained, is serving three consecutive life sentences for killing babies born alive after failed abortions. State Representative Timothy O'Neal (R) has introduced the bill that would require abortuaries to post the results of state health department inspection reports, as well as their plans for correcting any violations.
"When you're talking about informed consent, it's important that the woman be apprised of all of the information that's available for a particular abortion facility, and this bill would guarantee that," Gallagher explains.
The measure might also motivate poorly operated abortion clinics to work harder to meet the state's minimum requirements for abortion facilities.
1/3/2020 - Text corrected to reflect that House Bill 2138 has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives but not yet passed.