Planned Parenthood Put Women at Risk With After Hours Abortions, No Staff Present

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 30, 2013   |   4:09PM   |   Dover, DE

Three former employees of the Planned Parenthood abortion business testified before the Delaware state legislature today and told lawmakers that the abortion giant frequently put women’s health and lives at risk.

Nurses Joyce Vasikonis and Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich explained the “meat-market style assembly-line abortions” which led them to quit their jobs. Former manager Melody Meanor testified that Planned Parenthood’s negligence expands beyond abortion.

The three former Planned Parenthood of Delaware employees testified before a bipartisan panel of the Delaware state legislature. The two nurses and one former manager said Planned Parenthood officials knew about improper, dangerous “after hours” abortions being performed by abortionist Eric Schaff without any support medical staff.

The staffers said Planned Parenthood placed patients in grave danger through poor care by assigning medical responsibilities to employees who had insufficient or no medical credentials and rushed through abortions at a speed that made patient safety unsustainable given the level of staff and medical expertise.

They said the abortion giant denied the drug RhoGAM to low-income, Rh negative women who need it within the first 72 hours after an abortion to protect future pregnancies from greatly increased risk of stillbirth.

The Planned Parenthood employees also told lawmakers that it failed to inform as many as 200 women of their positive tests for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia and failed to notify 87 women of the results of their colposcopies.

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser monitored the hearing and told LifeNews in an email: “The consequences of championing abortion masked as health care for women will prove tragic in state after state.”

“As these hearings have progressed, we have learned that Planned Parenthood of Delaware has often operated with a startling disregard of cleanliness and patient safety,” said Ellen Barosse, founder of the Delaware pro-life group A Rose and A Prayer. “Now we know that many of the shortcomings that endangered patients outlined in General Assembly testimony had also been uncovered by national Planned Parenthood Federation audits. The national Planned Parenthood found serious issues related to patient safety – even allegations of improper, dangerous ‘after hours’ abortions – yet never closed the Delaware affiliate down or reported its findings to public health officials.  Instead, it continued Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s accreditation.

Barosse added: “While the abortion industry has been busy protesting that the filthy conditions in Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic are unknown in the rest of the industry, evidence presented in these hearings by professionals who resigned in protest show that inadequate and unsterile conditions did occur elsewhere, and suggest that they might be the norm.”

She said, “While it appears that the national Planned Parenthood Federation is aware of these facts, it has not taken the actions necessary to clean up the problem. The questions now are: If the national Planned Parenthood Federation repeatedly accredited its Delaware affiliate, knowing the conditions there, how many more facilities that endanger women have they accredited across the country?  And why didn’t it take strong action here?  It shouldn’t be left to brave nurses to campaign for basic standards of sanitation and appropriate health care.”



The head of the pro-life women’s group said, in Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections. Kermit Gosnell, recently convicted of the murder of three newborn infants and the negligent death of one patient, was also employed at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, a Delaware abortion clinic with offices in Wilmington and Dover, she noted.

Dannenfelser said that, earlier this year, the Delaware State Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline later filed a complaint against their former colleague, abortionist Timothy F. Liveright, calling him a “clear and immediate danger to the public” after he sent five women to the emergency room this year alone.