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Former Nurse at Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Wilmington abortion clinic compares it to Gosnell’s “House of Horrors”

by | Jul 31, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich (left), Melody Meanor and Joyce Vasikonis testified about the poor care and operations at the Wilmington clinic. JENNIFER CORBETT/THE NEWS JOURNAl

Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich (left), Melody Meanor and Joyce Vasikonis testified about the poor care and operations at the Wilmington clinic.

Yesterday afternoon we posted a story about testimony from a third former employee of Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Wilmington clinic which further documented very serious problems that had been brought to light in testimony given earlier by two former nurses.  Today we update the story based on subsequent testimony.

Melody Meanor, who managed the clinic’s health center for three months in 2012, told an ad hoc legislative hearing in Wilmington that during her tenure at Planned Parenthood of Delaware, “she found poorly trained staff, disorganized and missing patient records, unreported test results, routine disregard for important elements of patient care and careless handling of drugs,” according to Beth Miller and Jonathan Starkey of The News Journal.

There was also testimony from Meanor that alleged not only that clinic withheld positive test results for sexually transmitted diseases from patients but also that “87 cervical cancer screenings — colposcopies — revealed irregular results that were not reflected in the charts of patients,” Miller and Starkey reported.

But while Meanor’s testimony dealt largely with issues other than abortion, that was not true of former nurses Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis who had testified previously before another ad hoc hearing called back in May by two Delaware state Senators.

Mitchell-Werbrich focused on what she described as “some of the startling similarities between the situation with Planned Parenthood of Delaware and Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia.”

She began with this summary: “Both operated extremely hazardous abortion clinics and their respective states refused to close them despite repeated warnings.”

Mitchell-Werbrich referred to the famous Gosnell Grand Jury report which documented, chapter and verse, how the “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had been warned about the horrid conditions.”

“I noted a very similar response from both the [Delaware] Division of Public Health and the Division of Professional Regulations in Delaware. For months, after my numerous reports, both agencies refused to inspect Planned Parenthood. The problems of Planned Parenthood…were so bad that I wouldn’t want anyone to be treated there. Why would these agencies allow Planned Parenthood to continue to operate and provide unsafe abortions? Why would the Department of Professional Regulations not take licensing action against Dr. Timothy Liveright and Dr. Carole Meyers?”

We’ve written about Liveright several times before. Liveright is a classic abortion circuit rider, who has performed about 50,000 abortions across the country throughout nearly three-plus decades, most recently for Planned Parenthood of Delaware. Three months ago he was cited for ten separate “acts of incompetence and negligence,” including “oversedating patients, performing unnecessary suction procedures, causing at least one perforation during surgery, and failing to act with proper competence and diligence to avoid unnecessary complications that resulted in patients requiring emergency hospital treatment.”

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He “voluntarily” gave up his license in Delaware but Delaware authorities are taking no chances. They are seeking a permanent revocation of Liveright’s medical license and the complaint against him will still be heard by the state medical disciplinary board, even though he has turned in his license.

The investigation of Planned Parenthood’s Delaware branch was triggered by “abortions, including some done by Liveright, in which bleeding or other complications occurred and injured patients had to be rushed to the emergency room,” we’re told in a story that appeared in the News Journal. In April the state Division of Public Health cited 14 violations and said inspectors found “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”

At the same time in which he described PPFA across the nation as a “noble organization,” Liverright  told two reporters from the News Journal that “the Delaware agency is plagued by management, staffing and operational problems.”

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