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Planned Parenthood of Delaware suspends surgical abortions following allegations of unsafe and unsanitary conditions and 911 calls, State investigating

by | Apr 19, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

PPofDelaware“In Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections. The state only steps in when they have a patient complaint. Planned Parenthood is essentially in charge of inspecting itself. …

“Action News has learned during our investigation that one doctor and two more nurses at the [Planned Parenthood of Delaware] clinic have mysteriously left.

“Planned Parenthood would not confirm if they were fired or resigned.”  — From “Action News,” WPVI TV 6

The core of how pro-abortionists are grappling with the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is to deflect criticism (somehow slitting the spinal cords of viable babies and unbelievably filthy clinic conditions are really the fault of pro-lifers), and loudly insist that Gosnell is an outlier, a renegade who would not be welcomed in polite company—i.e., Planned Parenthood.

Which makes the latest news about Planned Parenthood of Delaware all the more ill-timed for pro-abortionists but good for everyone else.

What were originally two reports by WPVI TV6 has grown into more coverage, including by the Delaware News Journal. The  newspaper reported this week that the “state Division of Professional Regulation has launched a new investigation into the conduct of several licensed medical professionals at Planned Parenthood of Delaware “ and that “Planned Parenthood is under investigation by the state Division of Public Health” as well.

On Wednesday, Action News reported that surgical abortions have been halted at the Wilmington and Dover offices, although chemical abortions continue. This follows an investigation by state regulators for alleged misconduct.

“In a special report that aired last week, Action News reported on several 911 calls made from inside the Wilmington facility for patients in distress. Two former nurses also made claims of unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”

The station reports that five patients allegedly have been rushed from the facility to the emergency room, just since January 4.

Two nurses who formerly worked at Planned Parenthood of Delaware– Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis –told Action News that they “quit to protect their own medical licenses, stunned by what they called a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.”

“It was just unsafe,” Mitchell-Werbrich said. “I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was.” Referring to the abortionist, she added, “He didn’t wear gloves.”

The instruments used to abort women “were not sterile,” Vasikonis told Action News. Indeed operating tables were left soiled and unclean, such was the rush to get women in and out.

“It’s not washed down, it’s not even cleaned off, “Werbrich said. “It has bloody drainage on it.”

“I am not going to lie to you, we don’t have the manpower to do routine inspections,” said Mary Peterson from the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services. But she insisted investigators had gone to Planned Parenthood of Delaware last October after receiving a complaint but found no problems either with how utensils were sterilized or with blood being left on the table as one woman left and another came in.

However Peterson added, “it raises concerns and they are in the process of looking into what is causing the issues to occur,” according to Action News.

The News Journal’s Beth Miller reported that Planned Parenthood paid a $3,060 fine  last month “in an informal settlement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for two violations related to blood-borne pathogens. One violation was related to employee training, another – considered serious – was related to employee exposure to contaminated needles.”

Miller had more details about the “mysterious” departure reported by Action News. Abortionist Timothy Liveright and Gloria Johnson, who was vice president of medical services, “no longer are employed by the organization,” she wrote. “It was not clear if their departures were related to the recent investigations. Efforts to reach Liveright and Johnson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.”

Just how bad she believed conditions were is clear from the comments of Vasikonis, a Dover nurse who worked at the Wilmington site, who describes herself as “radically pro-abortion.”

“What I believe should happen is that Planned Parenthood should no longer be self-regulated,” said Vasikonis who was interim surgical services manager when she resigned last August.

“I feel like a woman has a right to abortion for whatever reason she chooses,” she said. “But she should know all of her options and understand what she is consenting to and she should have a safe procedure. That was not what was happening there. It got to the point where I could not stand it another day. I said, ‘I am going to lose my license if I stay here.’ ”

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