Rapp Backs Bill to Protect Mother’s Right to Life from Abortion Clinic Horrors
5/12/2011

Rep.  Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) spoke out on the House floor several times this week in support of legislation to put an end to atrocities such as those alleged to have taken place at a Philadelphia abortion clinic, that include eight counts of murder of seven newborns and one woman.   House Bill 574 was approved on the House floor on Wednesday and now moves on to the Senate for consideration. 

“Whether one is adamantly pro-life like me, pro-choice or indifferent, I support this legislation because it places in statute the single most responsible or positive aspect of the 1973 Roe versus Wade decision,” said Rapp.   “Specifically, the state has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that an abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under proper conditions and in a facility that insures maximum health and safety for the life of the mother.” 

House Bill 574 would expand the definition of what an abortion facility is and hold such facilities accountable to the same high standards as other health care facilities in order to make sure patients who go to these clinics for abortion procedures and other gynecological services are treated by trained personnel in a safe and sanitary manner. 

The legislation was authored based upon revelations by the January 2011 Philadelphia County Investigating Grand Jury report that brought the murder charges against Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the head of the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, and uncovered a long history of the Department of Health failing to inspect Pennsylvania’s abortion facilities.   In fact, between 1993 and 2010, no such inspections were conducted. 

House Bill 574 would also hold such facilities to the same fire and safety standards, personnel and equipment requirements, and quality assurance procedures as freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities.  

“Perhaps the most alarming revelation from the grand jury report is that the procedures being performed at the Gosnell clinic during the past 40 years were really no different and far more horrific than an unsanitary back-alley abortion,” said Rapp.  “This legislation is even more necessary when you consider that only seven of Pennsylvania’s 20 licensed abortion clinics passed inspection immediately after the West Philadelphia atrocities were discovered due to the Department of Health’s blatant, unconscionable negligence in fulfilling its responsibility to enforce regulations created to protect the lives of women in abortion clinics.”  

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State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979

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