Planned Parenthood Clinic Temporarily Closes After Botching Abortions
by Steven Ertelt | Wilmington, DE | LifeNews.com | 4/30/13 11:01 AM
A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware is temporarily closing after botching multiple abortions on women and facing a state investigation. The state Division of Professional Regulation has launched the probe into the conduct of several staff members.
This is the same clinic where former staff members said it was so filthy that women were put at risk for catching AIDS or other diseases.
As LifeNews has reported, the Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic has experienced five botched abortion emergencies in less than five weeks. Since then, one abortionist and two employees have left Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware, as a result of the scandal.
According to the Planned Parenthood website, surgical abortions will be referred to “another provider” but the abortion drug will still be sold to women while the probe continues. But now, a local news report indicates the abortion clinic is temporarily closing.
Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, the new CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware could not be reached for an interview. She said in a press release that the organization has launched a full review of patient services at the clinic.
“I determined that we need to take immediate steps to assure our patients of our high quality care, including enacting immediate personnel changes,” Lytle-Barnaby said. “We do not tolerate employees that fail to meet our standards for patient care and services.”
She said she is currently addressing the concerns with a team of medical experts from the national Planned Parenthood office. She is confident in the high quality of care at the office, she said, but if there is any employee who does not live up to their standards, they will be terminated.
Former Planned Parenthood staffers Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis told WPVI-TV of a “meat-market style of assembly-line abortions where the abortionist refused to wear gloves, surgical instruments were reused without being cleaned, and “bloody drainage” remained on abortion tables between procedures, exposing women to blood-borne diseases.”
“It was just unsafe. I can’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was,” said Mitchell-Werbrich. “Planned Parenthood needs to close its doors, it needs to be cleaned up, the staff needs to be trained.”
Werbrich alleges conditions inside the facility were unsanitary. “He didn’t wear gloves,” said Werbrich. She also worried that that women could be at risk of contracting hepatitis or AIDS.
She didn’t refer to anyone by name, but records indicate the medical director for Planned Parenthood is Eric Schaff. According to one web site: Medical Director Eric Schaff took home $100,000 in 2006 ( here)
In 1997, Dr. Schaff was trained by Planned Parenthood of New York City in surgical abortion. “I felt inadequate because I had to rely on other physicians for medication abortion complications. Since I learned these surgical skills, I feel empowered as a clinician because I can provide complete reproductive healthcare.”
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“This is the same behavior of cover-up that Kermit Gosnell engaged in. After Karnamaya Monger was killed during an abortion, he had the clinic cleaned and painted. But it didn’t take long before it was back to its previous squalid condition,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue.
Sullenger said Gosnell’s clinic also subjected women to dirty surgical instruments and made them lay on bloody, abortion tables that were not cleaned between patients, just as the Planned Parenthood clinic has done. In fact, Gosnell spread venereal disease between patients through this dangerous practice, just the thing feared by the two former Planned Parenthood nurses.
“This is another example of how the conditions described at Gosnell’s House of Horrors exist as a matter of routine in abortion clinics around the country,” said Sullenger.
Mary Peterson of the Delaware Department of Health and Services indicated that they rarely inspect abortion clinics in that state. “I’m not going to lie to you, we don’t have the manpower to do routine inspections,” she said.
“As long as the authorities neglect their duty to protect the public, these kinds of horrific conditions will continue to endanger women at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics there,” said Sullenger. “Protecting the public health is the primary duty of the Department of Health. It’s unbelievable that it could claim it is incapable of doing its job. It sounds like there needs to be a housecleaning at the Department of Health as well as the abortion mill.”