Pennsylvania's failure to oversee abortion clinics, which allowed a West Philadelphia facility to operate for decades with grave deficiencies, also enabled two other Philadelphia-area clinics to endanger patients and ignore rules, a Health Department report shows.
The clinics, one in Bensalem and one in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, were run by Soleiman M. Soli, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose malpractice history includes a case settled for $35 million.
Problems at Soli's clinics were found last fall, when the Pennsylvania Department of Health resumed routine inspections of free-standing abortion clinics. In the 1990s, the department had chosen to stop regular site visits.
Should there be regulations on abortion clinic conditions? Where does that regulation end?