Abortion Clinic Closes Down That Was Cited by State for 44 Pages of Health Code Violations

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 15, 2017   |   4:22PM   |   Washington, DC

The infamous Hillcrest abortion clinic is now closed. As LifeNews has repeatedly reported, the troubled Hillcrest abortion facility has run afoul of state healt and safety laws multiple times. Now it has closed down.

Hillcrest’s troubles date back at least six years, when the abortion outfit was first cited for safety failures. The abortion center has been cited three times since, with the latest report suggesting that the violations have become more egregious. Violations included everything from failing to maintain proper medical credentials to maintaining supplies that were 13 years old. Hillcrest also performed a number of abortions without having a nurse present. In addition, staff members failed to undergo the criminal background checks mandated for seeing patients under 18 years old.

As Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, informed LifeNews today, Hillcrest has shut its doors.

“Government sources have confirmed that Hillcrest has voluntarily relinquished its license to operate as an abortion facility. The abortion center had until August 31st to fix the myriad of health and safety problems discovered during an inspection earlier this year. That inspection yielded an astounding 44 pages worth of violations,” she explained.

Gallagher said, “A group of state Senators demanded to know why the state Health Department allowed the facility to remain open, given its abysmal safety record. A follow-up inspection resulted in Hillcrest being shuttered until it could meet basic health standards.”

According to Gallagher, the deadline for compliance came and went with little indication the abortion center would reopen.

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“A notice posted by the local natural gas company indicated that the gas had been shut off. A subsequent notice by the electric company said the electricity would be cut off if $1,600 in bills was not paid within the week,” she said. “The Pennsylvania Department of Health website now lists Hillcrest as “closed.” For the health and safety of central Pennsylvania women, the closure is long overdue.”

Pennsylvania passed a law in 2011 requiring abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. The law was a response to the massive tragedy in West Philadelphia, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell was ultimately convicted of killing three full-term babies and causing the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.