By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The case of convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell cast a shadow over the confirmation hearing of Pennsylvania Secretary of State nominee Pedro Cortes.
It was during Cortes' previous tenure at the Department of State when the department failed to take action against Gosnell, who was ultimately convicted of killing three full-term babies and causing the death of a female patient.
The Senate State Government committee declined to recommend Cortes, opting instead to move his nomination to the full Senate floor without taking a position on him. It's considered a highly unusual procedural move.
Most of the questions at the hearing revolved around the Gosnell case, which is considered one of the most grievous oversight failures in state history. The Department of State had an opportunity to put Gosnell out of business, but failed to do so, during Cortes' previous stint at State.
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