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Delaware Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline to hold closed hearing to discuss former Planned Parenthood abortionist Timothy Liveright

by | Jan 7, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Timothy Liveright

Abortionist Timothy Liveright

Delaware is not exactly a hotbed of pro-life sentiment. That is why having the state Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline conduct a closed hearing to consider the case of former Planned Parenthood abortionist Timothy Liveright is so significant.

National Right to Life News Today has reported numerous times on Liveright, largely in the context of complaints filed by two former nurses against what they testified were dangerous conditions at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington, Delaware.

Subsequently, “A review by the state Division of Public Health found 14 kinds of violations at the clinic, including inadequate documentation of narcotics, supplies that had exceeded expiration dates, lax practices to ensure sterility, unlabeled bottles of fluid and overdue or uncertain maintenance records,” according to Beth Miller of the News Journal.

The whistleblowers who brought these horrific conditions to light were an unlikely pair. Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis are self-described “pro-choicers” who said they were interested only in making abortion “a safe procedure at Planned Parenthood of Delaware.”

If you were paying attention, your head would snap back when you heard Mitchell-Werbrich testify that there are some “startling similarities between the situation with Planned Parenthood of Delaware and Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia.” Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter.

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What were those similarities? “Both operated extremely hazardous abortion clinics and their respective states refused to close them despite repeated warnings.” The nurses testified at two ad hoc legislative hearings in Wilmington that at least five women were sent to the hospital since January 2013 due to botched abortions. Liveright was named by name for particularly egregious conduct.

When their credibility was attacked, Melody Meanor, a former health-care manager at Planned Parenthood of Delaware spoke with columnist Kirsten Powers. In that same column Mitchell-Werbrich said she saw Liveright

“’slapping a patient,’ and placing patients on ‘operating tables still wet with the blood from the previous patient.’ He refused to wear sterilized gloves during procedures and would sing ‘hymns about sin to girls during the painful dilation phase of an abortion’ and play ‘Peek-A-Boo’ with patients. She said he ‘rushed abortions’ and allowed ‘sedated patients to wander down [the street] dazed and confused.’”

The closed hearing today is the latest installment in a long saga. Miller’s chronology’s deftly rehashes what we have previously reported.

The day after the two nurses testified in May, the state Attorney General’s Office filed its complaint, calling Liveright a “clear and immediate danger to the public.” The complaint accused Liveright (who has performed over 50,000 abortion in his career) of incompetence and negligence in five abortionists that took place last February and March. Miller writes

“The state’s complaint cited Liveright for numerous problems including: over-sedating patients, performing unnecessary suction procedures, failing to properly assess patients, failure to properly administer oxygen, causing at least one perforation during surgery, failing to properly supervise resident physicians during procedures and failing to act with due competence and diligence to avoid unnecessary complications, resulting in patients requiring emergency hospital treatment.”

Even though Liveright had sent a letter to the Division of Professional Regulation, saying he had “retired from practicing medicine in Delaware,” after the complaint was filed he gave an interview to The News Journal, calling the allegations a “scandalous” effort to make him a scapegoat for the failings of others at the clinic.

Nonetheless, just before a scheduled hearing in November Liveright signed a consent agreement with the state. “Terms were not disclosed, but must be approved by the board,” Miller reported. “If it approves the terms, details of the agreement will be made public. If it doesn’t, a new hearing will be scheduled.”

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