Responding to grisly revelations about alleged murder of babies at a West Philadelphia abortion clinic, former Gov. Ed Rendell said he was "flabbergasted" to find out his Health Department did not adequately inspect abortion facilities.
"When I found this out, as a result of the press on the Gosnell case, I immediately directed the them to inspect these facilities. It was simply preposterous that the department took this position, ever," Rendell said in a statement issued Friday to the Associated Press.
The increase in clinic inspections under the former governor occurred after a state and federal raid last February at the Women's Medical Society clinic on Lancaster Avenue.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, ran the clinic, where viable babies were allegedly killed by cutting the spines in the back of the neck with scissors.
Gosnell was charged with eight counts of murder on Wednesday, seven involving the babies and one for the 2009 death of woman who was given a lethal dose of painkillers during a procudure.
Gosnell's wife and eight former employees were arrested, including Steven Massof, 48, who was arraigned Friday morning on two counts of murder and related offenses for the deaths of two viable babies.
The horrific details were outlined in a 261-page Philadelphia grand jury report.
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