Gosnell Guilty as New State Law Protects Women and Children From Future Gosnells
5/13/2013

HARRISBURG – A jury in Philadelphia today found Kermit Gosnell guilty of murder, ensuring he will never again victimize women and children, while a new state law aims to prevent anything similar from happening in the future, House Majority Leader, Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said today.

Below is a statement by Turzai:

“Personally, I share the passion for defending the most vulnerable members of our society, and I am firmly committed to the protection of all life. Many persons, with differing views, want to make sure those babies who can be born alive stay alive.

“Today, the jury delivered a resounding guilty verdict regarding the actions of Mr. Gosnell. It is important to note that the General Assembly righted a wrong last session in passing what became Act 122 of 2011 to better regulate abortion facilities.

“We made a positive difference passing the abortion facilities regulation legislation last session.  It was an appropriate response to the grand jury report and its recommendations, as well as to the sadness of the underlying circumstances.”  
 
Act 122 of 2011 requires abortion facilities to be held to the same standards as ambulatory surgery facilities.  Additionally, it requires abortion facilities to be licensed by the Department of Health, that each facility pay a licensing application fee and an annual renewal fee, and that the department perform at least one unannounced facility inspection annually.  This legislation passed the House by a vote of 151-44 and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett on Dec. 22, 2011.

 

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