Planned Parenthood “House of Horrors” Clinic That Botched Five Abortions Reopens

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2013   |   10:32AM   |   Wilmington, DE

A filthy Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that botched five abortions this year alone and was closed by state officials is reopening in Wilmington, Delaware.

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.

The clinic was under the investigation of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

Former Planned Parenthood nurses Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis told legslators recently 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.”

Instead, state officials are allowing Planned Parenthood to reopen the abortion clinic after accepting its plan to correct the abuses state officials found. Department of Health and Social Services spokeswoman Jill Fredel says the agency is satisfied the abortion business will curb future problems.

This is the same clinic that employs Timothy Liveright, who says he did nothing wrong, but that the conditions in the clinic were due to Planned Parenthood’s mismanagement of the clinic. Liveright has previously been accused of sexual impropriety with patients and staff, leaving patients sedated before their procedures.

Liveright faces an official complaint from the Delaware Attorney General’s Office for injuring and mistreating women to who came to Planned Parenthood for abortions.

The attorney general’s complaint cites him for unprofessional, incompetent and negligent conduct at Planned Parenthood’s Wilmington, Delaware abortion clinic and calls him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.” The new state complaint says he engaged in “unprofessional, disrespectful, and inappropriate” conduct that included “yelling, screaming, and cursing” in front of employees and patients and sexual harassment of female employees.

Last month, Liverlight voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in Delaware.

LifeNews previously reported on Liverlight, who sang to one patient during her abortion, “Jesus, Ohhhhh Jesus, take the sinners down the river, Ohhhh Jesus.”

Leading pro-life advocates say the Planned Parenthood facility was as poorly-run as Kermit Gosnell’s.

“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.

The former Planned Parenthood nurses told about the unsafe, unsanitary conditions which led them to quit their jobs. From a local report on their testimony:

Both nurses resigned their positions last year, and have urged state officials to address problems they say have been ignored or denied for months.

“It was an absolute nightmare,” said Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, who resigned after only a few weeks on the job and pushed for state investigations for months.

Mitchell-Werbrich and her former supervisor, Joyce Vaskonis, both told lawmakers they were not opposed to abortion. They were opposed to unsafe medical practices.

“This is not about abortion,” Mitchell-Werbrich said. “This is about patients. Their lives are at risk.”

Sen. Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, said he was “shocked” to learn of “horrible patient care,” lack of response to the nurses’ concerns, and the state response to their complaints.



Sen. Robert Venables, who called the ad hoc hearing with Lavelle, said he hoped to resurrect legislation that would regulate the clinics more closely.

The nurses have charged that Planned Parenthood:

  • · Placed patients in grave danger through poor care, insufficient training
  • · Assigned medical responsibilities to employees who had insufficient medical training
  • · Rushed abortion procedures at a speed that made patient safety impossible, and allowed doctors to carry out abortions without properly cleaning and sterilizing procedure rooms
  • · Failed to report to patients that they had contracted sexually transmitted diseases
  • · Tolerated sexual harassment of employees
  • · Attempted to falsify employee records
  • · Drastically under-reported the number of abortions they performed to the state of Delaware
  • · Failed to provide standard medical policies and procedures guidelines to medical staff to protect patients
  • · Failed to comply with state parental notification laws

The head of one pro-life group is happy that Planned Parenthood is getting exposed.

“Planned Parenthood is America’s number one abortion business, which in a single year ended the lives of 333,964 children,” said Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The standard bearer in Big Abortion cannot claim Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors’ was isolated while their own employees expose them for ‘ridiculously unsafe’ conditions.”

“Delaware has the highest abortion rate in the United States. But this is not just a statistic. If what these nurses say is true, real women—especially poor women—are being hurt as Delaware abortion providers use sub-standard, third-world medical care, regardless of the human cost,” said Ellen Barosse, founder of the Delaware pro-life group A Rose and A Prayer. “We are grateful to these brave women for caring enough about their patients for being willing to share their stories.”