The Washington Times - April 15, 2013, 07:28AM

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday a lack of oversight from health officials — not political forces — fostered a dangerous climate at the Philadelphia abortion clinic at the center of a murder trial.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing seven babies and causing the 2009 death of an adult patient. His ongoing trial is gathering increasing attention, although the allegations are so gruesome that TV personalities are reluctant to discuss the case in detail.

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According to news reports, the clinic employed persons without medical training and operated under the radar of state regulators, raising questions about the Keystone State’s ability to oversee clinics like Mr. Gosnell’s.

“I can guarantee you it wasn’t because of political pressure, because if you’re pro-choice like I am, you want guys like this found, arrested, convicted; you want those clinics closed,” Mr. Rendell, a Democrat who served as governor in 2003-2011, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

He said that as Philadelphia’s district attorney decades ago, he would ask groups like Planned Parenthood to support prosecutions of doctors.