What Role Did Philadelphia Play in the Gosnell Case?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been criticized for its lack of oversight of the Women’s Medical Society operated by Dr. Kermit Gosnell.  Specifically, it is alleged that the lack of oversight of Dr. Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic may have allowed the alleged atrocities and crimes that occurred there to happen.

However, did the City of Philadelphia also have a part in what happened?  Last week Philadelphia officials went before a state senate committee looking into the Gosnell case and they were questioned about the City’s role.  The Philadelphia officials told the senate committee that it is the state that is responsible for overseeing abortion clinics and that the city’s role should be to help patients take their complaints to the state.

At least one state senator disagreed.  Senator  John Eichelberger Jr. spoke at the hearing and told the Philadelphia officials that the City has some responsibility in overseeing the safety of abortion clinics because it has the power to deal with nuisances to the public health, prevention of disease,  building code violations and waste pick up.

What do you think?  Does the City of Philadelphia, or any other municipality, have the power necessary to prevent tragedies such as those that allegedly happened in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic? Leave us a comment and let us know.