Attorney general: Planned Parenthod abortionist sexually harassed staff, screamed, cursed
May 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Delaware Attorney General’s Office has filed a complaint against a former Planned Parenthood abortionist, accusing him of a laundry list of dangerous medical practices and labeling him “a clear and immediate danger to the public."
Timothy Liveright worked at the Wilmington clinic until April of this year, which is when two former nurses from the clinic went to the media, telling a story of a dangerous, “meat-market” style of performing abortions in which women were treated as cattle and profit was king.
During a senate hearing yesterday, one of the nurses described the clinic as an “absolute nightmare” and said she was surprised that more women had not died under Liveright’s care.
Among the charges included in the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by LifeSiteNews.com, are the sexual harassment of female employees and "unprofessional, disrespectful, and inappropriate" conduct such as "yelling, screaming, and cursing" in the company of Planned Parenthood employees and patients.
Additionally, the complaint 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.
In the first few months of this year, pro-life activists witnessed five ambulances visit the Wilmington clinic to whisk women to hospital for treatment.
The complaint also reveals that the abortionist already surrendered his license in April, and has stated that he has “no intentions” of ever practicing again in Delaware. However, he still retains a valid license to practice in Pennsylvania.
When confronted with the complaint by a local news agency, Liveright reportedly responded, “It’s pure bulls**t!”
“They’re jumping on whatever they can jump on. I don’t know what their agenda is, but I don’t think I’m a danger to the public,” he told the News Journal.
The Attorney General's Office has asked the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline to step in an permanently revoke Liveright's license.
The allegations contained in the complaint match the testimony of two former nurses who worked alongside Liveright.
The two nurses told a Senate hearing this week that they had repeatedly attempted to get authorities to intervene – but in vain. In one of her letters to Planned Parenthood alerting them of conditions inside the clinic, nurse Mitchell-Werbrich had described how on various occasions she witnessed Liveright ogle, slap, and play peek-a-boo with patients.
She told the Senate hearing how on one occasion Liveright “left sedated patients in the middle of an abortion procedure waiting for hours in order to handle a mechanical issue with his private airplane.”
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The nurse, who only worked at the clinic for 27 days, said that on the average day at Wilmington Planned Parenthood, an abortion would be completed every eight-to-10 minutes.
“The doctor would be in such a hurry to get the patients in and out himself that he would bring patients back into unclean procedure rooms where the examination table would still have bloody drainage and body fluids from the previous patients,” she said.
The nurses also recounted how surgical instruments were improperly sterilized, surgical suites were not properly cleaned between patients, equipment was outdated and in some cases broken, staff were unqualified and untrained and drugs used were expired.
At one point, nurse Joyce Vasikonis said, she was the only person in the clinic who was sterilizing medical instruments, because none of the rest of the staff knew how.
Vasikonis added that the reason for the hurry and shoddy practices was obvious. “What I discovered was that the culture at Planned Parenthood of Delaware was focused on maximizing profits and the bottom line,” she said. “Not quality healthcare for women.”
The two women showed lawmakers copies of numerous e-mails that they sent to state authorities and Planned Parenthood senior officials reporting the horrendous conditions they witnessed.
"There was no real response to fix it," said Joyce Vasikonis. "Planned Parenthood is a very powerful organization."
This week the state’s Division of Public Health released the results of its inspection of the clinic, which found 14 violations of health regulations. A letter, dated April 14, gave the clinic 10 days to submit an acceptable plan of correction.
In a statement the new Planned Parenthood Delaware CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby said that the clinic has taken steps to correct the violations, and denied that the results of the state’s inspection corroborated the two nurses claims.
“While it is important to adhere to every medical regulation, the Division of Public Health findings do not in any way support the allegations of former employees who are now working with organizations whose mission is to oppose our services,” said Lytle-Barnaby.
In an original statement introducing herself earlier this month the CEO had denounced what she said were “speculation and falsehoods” about Planned Parenthood Delaware’s services.