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Former Planned Parenthood abortionist reprimanded and fined for behavior at Wilmington abortion clinic

by | Jan 8, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

PPDelaware6On Tuesday the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline approved the disciplinary terms agreed upon last year by the state and itinerant abortionist Timothy Liveright.

Abortionist Timothy Liveright

Abortionist Timothy Liveright

“According to the agreement, Liveright admitted to misconduct including: sexual harassment and failure to adequately document procedures and results of procedures in patient charts while performing medical or surgical abortions,” Beth Miller of The News Journal reported.

His punishment was a $1,500 fine and a letter of reprimand. (Kay Warren, deputy director of the state Division of Professional Regulation, told Miller that the sanctions are also reported to the National Practitioner Databank.)

Liveright was the most prominent figure exposed by two former Planned Parenthood nurses, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis, in their stinging rebuke of the Planned Parenthood clinics in Wilmington and Dover, Delaware. The list of allegations against Liveright and the abortion clinic went on and on and on.

Interviewed by columnist Kirsten Powers, 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.’”

In May the two self-identified “pro-choicers” testified before a packed Delaware Senate hearing room. In their remarks delivered at an ad hoc hearing called by one Republican and one Democratic state senator, Mitchell-Werbrich and Vasikonis reiterated and elaborated on charges they had made in an April investigative report on WPVI-TV ABC News.

In her prepared statement Vasikonis said, “It would take me the entire afternoon to discuss all the deficiencies I discovered at Planned parenthood of Delaware during the 10 months I worked there.” She listed 22 separate problem areas that included severe management problems and insufficient staff training; outdated (and broken) equipment; “Quality and Risk management policies were not followed or enforced’; an abortionist who did not wear sterile gloves; and sexual and racial harassment.

In her prepared statement, Mitchell-Werbrich explained that she had worked only 27 days at the Willingham and Dover sites. “I was forced to resign on August 8, 2012 as the conditions at Planned Parenthood continued to very unsafe and potential life threatening for the patients” despite numerous reports provided to Planned Parenthood administrators and a flock of state health regulatory agencies.

She said that “one abortion would be completed every 8-10 minutes” at the Wilmington PP site—evidence of what she called its “meat-market style assembly line abortions.” Her charges were every bit as lengthy and even more critical of the “poor, unsafe patient care.” To quote just part of one paragraph, Mitchell-Werbrich alleged that she had reported to two state agencies

“that most of the Planned Parenthood Staff members did not wear protective gear or utilize universal blood and body fluid precautions; consent for sedation and procedures were sometimes obtained late as staff was rushed and hurried; registered nurses had to hide the patient’s chart from [one abortionist] so the pre-procedure medications could have time to take effect because he was in such a rush to get to the next patient; lab work not being performed correctly thus the lab value results were incorrect; patients given sedation were found outside walking down Market Street dazed and confused. …[the same abortionist] once left sedated patients in the middle of an abortion procedure waiting for hours in order to handle a mechanical issue with his private airplane; and more.”

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 abortions) of incompetence and negligence in five abortions that took place last February and March. Miller wrote

“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.”

Without an actual copy of what Liveright and the state agreed to, it’s impossible to know how many of these other specific allegations Liveright admitted to.

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