WILMINGTON, DE, June 3, 2013 ( – An abortionist who is under investigation for incompetent and dangerous practices used to sing hymns to Jesus while performing abortions inside a Delaware Planned Parenthood affiliate, according to a former nurse.

Timothy Liveright, 68, is at the heart of an investigation into dangerous practices at a Planned Parenthood facility in Wilmington, Delaware, which two former nurses described as a “nightmare” environment.

One of those nurses, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, said Liveright would sing hymns or chant other religious songs during the procedures, even while the mothers were awake and alert.


One went, “Jesus, oh Jesus, take the sinners down by the river, Oh Jesus.”

Liveright, who has been named “a clear and immediate danger to the public” in a recent complaint, told local media outlets this weekend he was trying to put his patients at ease. But Mitchell-Werbrich remembered how at least one woman had tears streaming down her face as Liveright sang songs about the Almighty.

At other times, his thoughts turned to international diplomacy, from a decidedly anti-Western, anti-American slant.

He asked one black patient, “Did you know that the Belgians took over Africa and did really bad things?”

He followed up, “The United States does the same thing. Did you know that?”

“The patient, with tears falling down her cheeks, shakes her head, indicating, ‘No,’” Mitchell-Werbrich, who was assisting him at the time, remembered. “Dr. Liveright replies, I didn’t think you’d know anything about that. Yup, the United States is a big bully.”

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The former employee told Jill Stanek last month Liveright would ogle, slap, or play peek-a-boo with his patients.

He would “look up and down patients, as well as staff members, in a sexual kind of way,” she told Stanek. “He actually stands back with a grin and slowly directs his eyes up and down a patient’s body.”

The state attorney general's office last week charged Liveright with engaging in a pattern of “unprofessional, disrespectful, and inappropriate” conduct toward his employees that included “yelling, screaming, and cursing,” as well as conversations on inexplicable topics.

The attorney general's complaint also lists 10 different “acts of incompetence and negligence” in Liveright’s treatment of five abortion clients between Feb. 12 and Mar. 13 of this year. These included oversedation, performing unnecessary suction procedures, failing to properly administer oxygen, and failing to “act with due competence and diligence” with the result that patients required emergency hospital visits.

Mitchell-Werbrich worked at the Wilmington and Dover Planned Parenthood facilities from June to August 2012.

She and Joyce Vasikonis, another nurse who observed Liveright's erratic behavior, have spurred state authorities move forward in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial. In addition to his Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Gosnell also practiced in Delaware.


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