Pennsylvania Abortion Facility Shut Down by State after Surprise Inspection

By Cheryl Sullenger

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health ordered the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center abortion facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to shut down on June 5, 2017, after an unannounced “monitoring visit” uncovered serious “serious deficiencies and violations.”

The abortion facility was the subject of public outcry after the release of a 44-page March 31, 2017 inspection report was released that detailed multiple health and safety violations, including drug violations, expired supplies, lack of nurse to assist recovery patients, and more. [Read that full inspection report.]

Even State Senators were shocked by the initial round of deficiencies and publicly questioned why the Department of Health was not doing more to protect the public, especially in light of widespread regulatory failures uncovered by a 2011 Philadelphia grand jury that determined lax enforcement allowed late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s abortion practices to deteriorate into squalor until it became known as a “House of Horrors.” Gosnell was later convicted of three counts of first degree murder for snipping the necks of babies born alive during illegal late-term abortions, and for manslaughter for the death of patient Karnamaya Monger. He is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“The Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center deserved to be closed down, but the truth is that the March deficiency report was far from the worst we have seen in our research of abortion facilities. All abortion facilities that cannot pass health inspections should be closed,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We urge every state to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion facilities so they can see the real conditions and practices women face at these abortion dumps on an everyday basis. I doubt that many abortion businesses could survive careful scrutiny from honest inspectors.”

The following press statement was released yesterday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health:

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that the department has ordered Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in Harrisburg to suspend services to patients after a June 5 unannounced monitoring visit found serious deficiencies and violations.

“The health and safety of patients served at any Pennsylvania health care facility is a top priority of the Wolf Administration,” Secretary Murphy said. “On Monday, Department of Health staff conducted an unannounced monitoring visit to Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center. The department concluded that it was no longer safe for the facility to continue providing medical services to patients. 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.”

A February inspection at Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center identified several deficiencies, including record-keeping violations and failing to have a registered nurse on site. While some of the issues have been corrected, such as hiring a registered nurse, the June 5 monitoring visit found additional violations, including expired sterilization and medical supplies.

“Protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvanians is paramount,” Secretary Murphy said. “If you have been a patient of Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center and have questions or concerns about your health, you should speak with a health care provider. You can also contact the department at 1-877-PA-HEALTH for more information.”

Inspection reports from health care facilities are available 41 days after the completion of an investigation on the Department of Health website at

Watch for an exciting announcement concerning the release of the new book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell by Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger later this month! This unique first-hand perspective will show, as today’s story illustrates, frightening proof that Gosnell was not alone!

  • Momma Beth

    Great news! Now let’s pray that it stays closed permanently

  • dje3

    All this only makes sense to me. Those that have sworn to “do no harm” and who kill babies during birth are al actually self loathing. There is no way a self-loathing person can maintain a quality medical environment.

    When your business by its very nature does harm to women and or babies, then the facility itself will deteriorate just as the workers do…from self-loathing comes complacency and neglect.

  • dje3

    I will say that women that can not afford it or have no other means NEED to have female health care and birth control and TRUE family planning support.

    Closing facilities takes away MUCH of this kind of support. Morphing these facilities would be a MUCH better option.

  • jreg9304

    sounds more like a house of murder, than an abortion clinic!!!!!!

  • Edward Hara

    There are thousands of clinics which offer services to women. This is red herring. Close them down and get rid of them all.

  • CrossHugger

    abortion is murder

  • CrossHugger

    How about guys and women that want to crawl in the sack not kill babies as birth control. Why don’t they get fixed likes dogs and cats if they want to live in sin. You just perpetuate murder with your proposal.. Youi must work for a baby killer.r

  • CharlieM

    All abortion clinics are houses of infanticide.

  • John

    I spent many a day in front of this butcher shop. The abortionist failed four times the board certification test, and this is one reason it was shut. The IRS got him $750,000 years back. This is a great day!

  • Tom Kovach

    Accurate and concise.

  • Nedd Kareiva

    Praying that more of them start falling like dominoes. Good work!

  • drummie

    With Medicaide so widely available, “health care” is available. Abortion is healthcare only in very limited cases. Most of the time abortion is to get rid of an inconvenience created by people who only care about what feels good at the moment. They don’t want a child to interfere with their life so they have it killed. Abortion mills are nothing less than murder for hire. Need healthcare, go to a doctor, not a murderer.

  • psychosally

    putting on a condom or keeping your legs closed is much less painful for the mother and baby

  • Rivqah Coover

    This comes very close home. I grew up about an hour and a half from Harrisburg. I am very glad to see that this facility was closed. ~ Rivqah Coover at

  • Carol

    Glad to see Pennsylvania finally doing inspections of these death mills.

  • Just goes to show that when truth becomes cheap, so does life. And vice versa.

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that those that make a living doing this barbaric and cruel murder of innocents every day, would eventually deteriorate. Evil just begets more evil!

    I’m so glad they are gone. Pure spawn of satan!