Abortion clinic shut down due to violations of state health laws
By Kevin Payne
Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in Harrisburg, Penn, has been ordered to suspend its services due to violations of Pennsylvania state health laws.
On Tuesday, June 5, the Pennsylvania State Health Department ordered the clinic located at 2709 N. Front St. to suspend services to patients after it was cited for violating health laws for the fourth time in six years.
According to a spokesman for the state Department of Health, the clinic was cited for numerous issues including, improper staffing, expired medications and medical supplies, and failing to follow anesthesia polices for surgical abortions.
“It is no longer safe for the facility to continue providing medical services to patients,” said Dr. Karen Murphey, state health secretary. “Therefore, I have ordered the facility to suspend all services until such time that it can demonstrate it is safe for women to receive care.”
Becky Biter and Colleen Reilly, who represent Liberty Council, an international organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom and the sanctity of life, say they regularly engage in peaceful sidewalk counseling outside the center. They say they have been harassed and intimidated by the clinic staff and local police since the city enacted and ordinance purported to keep pro-lifers from counseling within 70 feet from abortion clinics.
“It is horrifying to know what was happening behind the closed doors of Hilcrest Women’s Medical Center. We pray that those doors will never reopen again,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Council.
On Wednesday, an answering machine at the clinic stated that the office is closed at this time. A woman who answered the clinic's phone on Tuesday declined comment.
Department of Health records indicate Hillcrest has since hired a registered nurse, discarded expired medications and medical supplies, plans to provide proper board certification for its physician and will complete background checks this month.
Hillcrest has until Aug. 31 to make corrections and comply with state laws, the health department said.