Corbett said four attorneys and two supervisors at the departments of Health and State were either fired or resigned on Friday and that eight other employees involved in the internal investigation remain on the state payroll. Others had previously resigned, he said.Corbett has also made sure this complete lack of regulation won't happen on his watch.
Corbett said the Department of State, which licenses medical professionals, has changed how it handles complaints and now requires more detailed reports. It also will train lawyers on investigative procedures, rules and regulations, and how to prosecute complaints, he said.
At the Health Department, which was not performing systematic checks of the state's abortion clinics for more than a decade before Gosnell's clinic was raided last year, yearly inspections are now mandatory and the results will be posted on the state website.
Kelli Conlin, former president of NARAL New York is being investigated by her former organization to see if she abused her expense account. Conlin left the organization last month.
The audit reportedly examined tens of thousands of dollars worth of spending on clothing, meals, car services and even a summer rental in the Hamptons, according to the blog, all charged on Naral credit cards. In the statement, the group described the report as merely preliminary.
Pro-choicers got themselves into a tizzy yesterday about a South Dakota bill which they claimed would allow prolifers to kill abortionists. The Washington Post didn't jump to the same silly conclusions and got the sponsor to explain the purpose of his bill.
The bill's main sponsor, Rep. Phil Jensen, said the measure merely seeks to make self-defense laws consistent with other South Dakota laws that allow murder or manslaughter charges for the death of an unborn child.
"This has nothing to do with abortion. This is a self-defense bill," Jensen, R-Rapid City, told The Associated Press......
Jensen said he planned to talk with Attorney General Marty Jackley on Wednesday about the bill's language.
Under the bill, homicide would be justifiable if committed in the lawful defense of an unborn child or to prevent harm likely to result in the death of an unborn child. The bill was expected to be debated in the South Dakota House on Wednesday.
Mike Huckabee touted his prolife beliefs at a recent prolife fundraiser.
"For me this is an issue that - as I've said before - it transcends all of the political issues," Huckabee told an anti-abortion crowd at a fundraiser the Center for Bioethical Reform. "I've often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life."