A Philadelphia abortion facility appears to be doing abortions on underage girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent in violation of state law.
A new Pennsylvania Department of Health inspection report, brought to light by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, shows a long list of health violations at the Philadelphia Women’s Center.
According to the report, inspectors found that the abortion facility failed to ensure girls under 18 had a parent’s permission before doing abortions in five of the ten medical records that they reviewed. Health inspectors typically only review a sample of records, so it is possible that there may be more.
In Pennsylvania, girls under 18 must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s consent before having an abortion. Parental consent laws protect young girls. They can help young victims of sexual abuse who may be forced or coerced into an abortion by their abuser. The laws also help protect vulnerable teens from making a hasty, uninformed decision to abort their unborn babies – something they may later regret. And research shows that these laws help save unborn babies from abortions.
Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, called the violations “egregious.”
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“It’s outrageous when an abortion center does not obtain parental consent for chemical abortions,” Gallagher told LifeNews.com. “Parental rights should be honored—especially when it comes to abortion, which is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life.”
The abortion violations took place between February and November of 2019, and all involved drug-induced abortions. The inspection report states that a “request was made … on February 12, 2020, for a policy that addressed parental consent for medications that are included in the termination of a pregnancy for pediatric patients. None was provided.”
In addition, the health inspectors noted failures to establish an infection control committee and a patient safety committee, as required by law.
Currently, 37 states currently require some form of parental involvement before a minor aborts her unborn baby. The Florida legislature also passed a parental consent bill in February. Recently, however, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island considered pro-abortion bills to end their parental involvement laws.
Polls show strong support for parental involvement as well. A Gallup poll found 71 percent of Americans favor laws requiring parents’ involvement in a minor’s abortion decision.