State Tries to Shut Down Philly Abortion Clinic

State officials say they found the clinic in “deplorable” condition.

State regulators are trying to permanently shut down a Philadelphia clinic run by a doctor whose license was suspended when a patient died after an abortion.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health wants to shut down the Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia because its owner has not responded to charges the clinic violated state law.

State medical officials say the clinic underreported second-trimester abortions and lacked the necessary equipment for emergency resuscitation, among other problems. On Wednesday, they said Kermit Gosnell missed an April deadline to respond.

Gosnell's license has been temporarily suspended since February, when state officials say they found the clinic in “deplorable” condition.

Gosnell has denied any wrongdoing. A disciplinary hearing is scheduled for May 20.

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