By Tom Precious
ALBANY –- The group that sued New York State over Health Department inspections of abortion clinics this afternoon released the documents that it says shows a lack of interest on the state's part in checking up on procedures by abortion providers.
The Chiaroscuro Foundation, which seeks to lower the number of abortions performed in New York, released the large batch of documents -– found here -- that were the basis of a New York Post story earlier this week.
The Post reported that eight of 25 abortion clinics that come under the jurisdiction of the state Health Department inspections had no visits since 2000 and that another five were inspected once during that period.
The issue has quickly worked itself into the state’s gubernatorial campaign. Republican Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino today called on Dr. Nirav Shah, the state health commissioner, to resign over the matter. Astorino released this video today.
In response, the Health Department released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“The State Department of Health vigorously and aggressively investigates any and all allegations of physician misconduct, or complaints against a facility under its direct supervision. This includes 22 complaints since 2005 against the 25 DOH-regulated facilities that provide reproductive health services -– all of which will also be subjected to re-inspection within the coming days.”
New York State Department of Health