Many of New York’s abortion clinics have been able to escape inspections by the state Health Department for more than a decade, the New York Post revealed Monday.
Health inspectors regulate 25 abortion service providers in the state. Eight of those clinics weren’t inspected at all, and five of the clinics were inspected just once over the 12-year period between 2000 and 2012, the report said.
By comparison, city eateries are inspected every year and tanning salons are inspected at least once every other year.
Health officials acknowledged the lack of oversight in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Chiaroscuro Foundation, a pro-life think tank, the Post reported.
“Some facilities are not required to have ‘abortion services’ in their operating certificates in order to perform abortions,” said Health Department records-access official Elizabeth Sullivan.
“The Department does not otherwise maintain a list of every Article 28 facility that performs abortions,” she said.