Pro-life Leader Mark Houck has been all over the news since being declared innocent after trumped-up and political charges were brought against him by Biden’s Department of Justice. However, largely untouched in his story is the Planned Parenthood on Locust Street in Philadelphia, where he would go to peacefully pray, counsel and help women.
There’s a few things you should know about this abortion facility.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in Pennsylvania, profiting from over half of all abortions in Pennsylvania. The location carrying out the most abortions for Planned Parenthood is their Locust Street center in Philadelphia. In 2021, they performed nearly 3,800 abortions, averaging ten abortions every single day.
They also have an inexcusably high failure rate for state inspections. They have failed the majority of their state health inspections over the last eight years. That’s ten failed state health inspections since 2015 — a 56 percent failure rate.
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This Philadelphia abortion facility failed their annual registration inspection on Sept. 14, 2021, because they were not providing patients with risk information on informed consent forms for surgical abortions. The state came back in Feb. 2022 for a revisit and found they were still not providing this information to patients, so they failed another inspection.
In one instance, there were not one but twenty-three syringes and needles being stored outside of sterilized packaging. Not only were they using unsanitary medical instruments, but inspectors found several darkened stains on the carpet and patient benches.
This one Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia is not alone in failed state inspections. In 2021, the majority of abortion clinics failed a state health inspection. Nine of the then seventeen freestanding abortion facilities in Pennsylvania failed at least one inspection, including six of the twelve Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.
Reasons for failure include neglecting to report child sex abuse, storing the remains of aborted babies in a janitor’s closet, failure to report a serious incident to a patient, and not performing background checks on employees.
If Planned Parenthood really cared about women, they wouldn’t have such a long history of failing health and safety inspections, which everyone — regardless of where you stand on this issue — should agree is the bare minimum any “healthcare” facility should meet.
With this pattern of failure it would be logical to think Planned Parenthood would be fined or temporarily shut down as a recourse for their actions. Yet Planned Parenthood has never been forced to close or pay any fine for their pattern of inspection failures.
This is unacceptable.
If Planned Parenthood really cared about women, they wouldn’t have such a long history of failing health and safety inspections, which everyone — regardless of where you stand on this issue — should agree is the bare minimum any “healthcare” facility should meet. But the truth is, this pattern of failed inspections shows Planned Parenthood and the rest of the Abortion Industry puts their own profits over their patients.
In stark contrast, Mark Houck sought to help and empower women to choose life through sidewalk counseling. That’s what the pro-life movement is about: pushing against the lies of the abortion industry and working to show women hope.
Alexis Sneller is the Policy Analyst at the Pennsylvania Family Institute.