Pro-abort, Gosnell-enabling Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was also a PR shill for Albania

by Sparta on April 30, 2013

in abortion/pro-life, Albania, crime, Pennsylvania, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras

What a shame.

CNS News: Grand Jury: Under Pro-Abort GOP Governor, Pennsylvania Stopped Annual Inspections of Abortion Clinics

 ( – The administration (1995-2001) of Pennsylvania’s Republican Gov. Tom Ridge stopped annual inspections of abortion clinics, according to the grand jury report on Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is currently on trial in Philadelphia charged with the first-degree murder of seven born babies.

Under Democratic Gov. Bob Casey Sr., who preceded Ridge, the state had conducted annual inspections of abortion clinics, the report said.

Casey was pro-life; Ridge was pro-abortion.

“The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro-,” the grand jury report said. “With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

SourceWatch: Tom Ridge

Belated lobbyist registration
In June 2008, Ridge filed a lobbying disclosure form on his work for the government of Albania — nearly two years late. Ridge signed a $480,000, one-year contract with Albania in September 2006, to help the country “develop an overall homeland defense strategy based on land, air and sea security.” The contract identified Ridge as the “lead on strategic advice” for the Albanian government. Ridge’s firm, Ridge Global, no longer works for Albania. [6]

A spokesperson for the firm said Ridge didn’t think he needed to disclose his Albania work. But the Justice Department, which maintains a database of lobbyists working with foreign entities, thought he did. The Department contacted Ridge’s firm, “after a story about Ridge’s work appeared in the press.” According to a September 2006 Associated Press article, Ridge’s “main priority” was “to help Albania meet its goal of joining NATO in 2008.” Albania began accession talks with NATO in April 2008. [6]

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