Pennsylvania Senate Confirms Man Who Failed to Inspect Kermit Gosnell as Secretary of State

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 2, 2015   |   6:50PM   |   Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania state Senate has confirmed the man who failed to inspect late-term abortionist Kermit Gosenll’s grisly abortion clinic as the new Secretary of State.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is igniting controversy for his decision to appoint a long-time Secretary of State to reassume his post. The reason? The Department of State failed during the secretary’s tenure to take action against now-convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, years before he was brought to justice.

Gosnell is now in prison following his conviction in the deaths of three full-term infants and one female patient at his West Philadelphia abortion facility. The abortion center has been called a House of Horrors by prosecutors.

The Gosnell grand jury report shows that the Pennsylvania Department of State had several opportunities to put Gosnell out of business, but failed to do so, under former secretary Pedro Cortes. Cortes served as Secretary of State from April 2003 to June of 2010. He was the longest-serving Secretary of State in the history of the Commonwealth.

Now, the state Senate has approved Cortes’ nomination. The Senate voted to confirm Cortes by a vote of 31 to 18.

Maria Gallagher, the legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation told LifeNews she thinks her groups’ opposition to his nomination helped.

“I believe our opposition to Cortes helped to put the Wolf Administration on notice that Pennsylvanians do not want to return to the days of Gosnell and lax enforcement of abortion laws. Thank you to those of you who called your state Senator urging a “no” vote on Cortes,” she said.

Gosnell was suspected of killing hundreds of full-term babies and causing the deaths of female patients in a West Philadelphia abortion facility, which was called a “House of Horrors” by prosecutors. Gosnell is now in prison after being convicted of killing three babies and causing the death of a woman. Prosecutors say they were unable to bring charges in the rest of the cases because Gosnell destroyed the evidence.



According to the grand jury report, “Between 2002 and 2009, Board of Medicine attorneys reviewed five cases involving malpractice and other complaints against Gosnell. None of the assigned attorneys or their supervisors, suggested that the Board take action against the deviant doctor. In fact, despite serious allegations, three of the cases were closed without any investigation. The other two were investigated and then closed — without any action being taken.”

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