Former Gov. Ed Rendell says he is "flabbergasted" by regulators' inadequate inspections of a Philadelphia abortion clinic where a doctor allegedly killed viable babies.


Former Gov. Ed Rendell says he is "flabbergasted" by regulators' inadequate inspections of a Philadelphia abortion clinic where a doctor allegedly killed viable babies.

Rendell said Friday that he ordered increased clinic inspections after a raid last year on Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic yielded gruesome accounts of bloody floors and baby parts in jars.

A grand jury charged Gosnell with eight counts of murder on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege he fatally stabbed viable babies in the spine with scissors and permitted untrained employees to give one woman a lethal dose of pain killers during a 2009 procedure.

The grand jury's report severely rebuked the state's Department of Health for failing to shut down Gosnell's clinic despite repeated reports of horrific conditions.