TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania temporarily halts surgical abortions

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Allegheny Photo Galleries

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania has temporarily stopped performing surgical abortions at its Liberty Avenue clinic while it renovates the facility to meet new state standards, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The clinic plans to resume surgical abortions in December and still performs medical abortions, which are induced with drugs, said Rebecca Cavanaugh, spokeswoman for the nonprofit.

“That's the plan so far, but it's construction, so you never know,” she said.

Planned Parenthood is working with the state to make sure its renovated facility meets all regulations and is referring women seeking surgical abortions to other clinics in the meantime, Cavanaugh said.

Helen Cindrich, executive director for People Concerned for the Unborn Child, said that if the delay encourages even one pregnant woman to reconsider an abortion, it's good news.

“The fact that the state has caught up with them just a little bit is wonderful,” she said.

The General Assembly in 2011 passed a law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical facilities and undergo regular and unannounced inspections.

The law was passed after a police investigation of a squalid Philadelphia abortion clinic, dubbed the “house of horrors,” where at least two women died.

The clinic's operator, Kenneth Gosnell, 71, is scheduled to stand trial in Philadelphia next year on multiple counts of murder, conspiracy and criminal solicitation, according to state court records.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Violent domestic dispute prompts evacuation of Spring Hill neighbors
  2. County Council makes ethics commission appointments
  3. Motorcycle club members from Pittsburgh plead to conspiracy charges
  4. Penn Hills gravestone business owner who swindled mourning families sentenced to jail
  5. Children’s Hospital’s top doctor leaving for Washington University School of Medicine
  6. Plum school board berated for pulling back on new school
  7. PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
  8. 2 boys who received transplants at Children’s Hospital progress to sunnier days
  9. Web headline
  10. Carnegie man robbed at gunpoint in Beltzhoover
  11. Pittsburgh police looking for volunteers to interview potential police candidates