By Dave Andrusko
All we know are the barest outlines. On Friday an abortionist operating in Delaware, whom authorities said in May represented a “clear and immediate danger to the public,” signed a consent agreement drafted by the attorney general’s office. He did so in lieu of a public hearing.
“If everything is accepted with Dr. Liveright’s Consent Agreement it will be made public once the [Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline] signs the document,” newswork.org reported. “If the Board does not accept the terms of the Consent Agreement a new public hearing will scheduled for Dr. Liveright.”
NRL News Today has carried a number of stories about Timothy Liveright and Planned Parenthood of Wilmington. (See nrlc.cc/14oGVgF and nrlc.cc/18X1get, for example.) What is important to recall is that Liveright’s behavior was only the most flagrant.
At first blush, the whistleblowers who brought horrific conditions to light were an unlikely pair of former nurse employees. 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.
In one sentence, 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.
PP of Delaware attacked Mitchell-Werbrich and Vasikonis as puppets whose strings were being pulled by pro-lifers. Besides being patently absurd, it got the dander up of Melody Meanor, a former health-care manager at Planned Parenthood of Delaware who spoke with columnist Kirsten Powers. According to Powers’ column
“Meanor testified that she felt compelled to come forward because she ‘was “offended when Planned Parenthood of Delaware attempted to discredit the [prior] testimony” of Mitchell-Werbrich and Vasikonis who described what she too had witnessed.
“Meanor, who previously had worked for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, described a lack of training of health-care assistants, who she said were not required to have medical credentials or prior health-care work experience. Said Meanor, ‘Most of the abuses I observed….stemmed from the fact that untrained health care assistants were assigned serious medical responsibilities that they were not trained to perform,’ such as assisting with abortions.”
There was plenty of blame to spread around, but inevitably a lot of attention was paid to itinerant abortionist Timothy Liveright. To quote again from Powers’ column, Mitchell-Werbrich said she saw him
“’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.’”
As Powers points out, if this sounds familiar, you’ve probably read the massive Gosnell Grand Jury report.
Liveright is a classic abortion circuit rider, who has performed about 50,000 abortions across the country throughout nearly three-plus decades, most recently for Planned Parenthood of Delaware. He was cited earlier this year for ten separate “acts of incompetence and negligence,” including “oversedating patients, performing unnecessary suction procedures, causing at least one perforation during surgery, and failing to act with proper competence and diligence to avoid unnecessary complications that resulted in patients requiring emergency hospital treatment.”
He “voluntarily” gave up his license in Delaware but Delaware authorities took no chances. They sought a permanent revocation of Liveright’s medical license .
The investigation of Planned Parenthood’s Delaware branch was triggered by “abortions, including some done by Liveright, in which bleeding or other complications occurred and injured patients had to be rushed to the emergency room,” we’re told in a story that appeared in the News Journal. In April the state Division of Public Health cited 14 violations and said inspectors found “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”
At the same time in which he described PPFA across the nation as a “noble organization,” Liveright told two reporters from the News Journal that “the Delaware agency is plagued by management, staffing and operational problems.”
According to newswork.org
“As a result of the complaints Planned Parenthood was forced to suspend surgical abortion procedures at its Wilmington and Dover clinics this summer. The Delaware facility was even fined due to violations found by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, abortions were eventually reinstated due to the hiring of new staff members.”
That is important to remember in light of what Vasikonis said to Powers.
“Vasikonis offered similarly scathing testimony, saying that, ‘[T]he culture of Planned Parenthood of Delaware was focused on maximizing profits and the bottom line; not quality healthcare for women. [S]peed was the ultimate goal.’ She told me that because abortion doctors were contractors and paid per procedure, they pushed the nurses to keep the women coming in and out as fast as possible, which put the women’s safety and health at risk. According to a report by the Philadelphia ABC News affiliate WPVI, ‘Since January , five patients allegedly have been rushed from the [Delaware] facility to the emergency room.’”