State health officials are seeking to permanently shut down a West Philadelphia abortion clinic because the doctor who ran it has not responded to their charges.
The rambling, three-story structure, at 3801 Lancaster Ave., has been closed since Feb. 22 after a raid by federal drug agents and state authorities. At the same time, Kermit Gosnell's medical license was suspended by the state Board of Medicine, which called his clinic's "deplorable and unsanitary" conditions "a clear danger to the public."
In March, the Pennsylvania Department of Health elaborated on those conditions, citing the clinic for more than a dozen violations of state law. These included a lack of equipment and drugs for emergency resuscitation, no easy way to get patients on stretchers out of the building, no backup physician, and under-reporting of second-trimester abortions. Gosnell, 69, was also accused of delaying a report to the state of a patient who went into cardiac arrest Nov. 19 and died.
Each violation is grounds for yanking the clinic's approval to do abortions and for imposing fines.