Another abortion clinic horror story: Planned Parenthood of Delaware

It doesn’t emit the stench of delirious, inhuman evil that surrounds abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his henchpersons, but conditions were quite fearsome at Planned Parenthood of Delaware, where filthy conditions put patients at risk of contracting hepatitis, or even AIDs, according to former nurses who talked with Philadelphia ABC News affiliate WPVI:

Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, former employee said, “It was just unsafe. I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was.”

Werbrich alleges conditions inside the facility were unsanitary.

“He didn’t wear gloves,” said Werbrich.

Another former employee, Joyce Vasikonis told Action News, “They were using instruments on patients that were not sterile.”

The former nurses claim that a rush to get patients in and out left operating tables soiled and unclean.

Werbrich said “It’s not washed down, it’s not even cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it.”

“They could be at risk of getting hepatitis, even AIDS,” added Vasikonis.

Both of these nurses said, they quit to protect their own medical licenses, stunned by what they called a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.

Vasikonis said, “I felt I could be held liable if a patient was harmed.”

“Planned Parenthood needs to close its doors, it’s needs to be cleaned up, the staff needs to be trained, said Werbrich.”

Five patients have been rushed to the emergency room from this clinic this year.  WPVI reports that a doctor and two other nurses besides Werbrich and Vasikonis left the staff under “mysterious” circumstances.  According to a LifeNews report on Wednesday, the clinic was “closed to patients yesterday as it underwent a ‘routine cleaning'” and has “temporarily stopped providing surgical abortions,” although it will still dispense abortion drugs.  LifeNews also says the clinic is under investigation by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

As with the Gosnell horror, we’re left to wonder how the conditions described by Werbrich and Vasikonis could have escaped notice by the watchful eyes of our lavishly funded authorities for so long.  Planned Parenthood got $542 million in taxpayer support last year – wasn’t any of it spent on oversight?

As a matter of fact, WPVI asked that very question:

In Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections. The state only steps in when they have a patient complaint. Planned Parenthood is essentially in charge of inspecting itself.

Mary Peterson from the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services said, “I am not going to lie to you, we don’t have the manpower to do routine inspections.

Within these admitted limitations, Peterson went on to say that one specific complaint was investigated in October of last year, but no evidence of the dangerous conditions described by the former nurses was discovered.

Kermit Gosnell’s activities went undetected for three decades in Philadelphia, also untroubled by any “routine inspections,” as Kathleen McKinley notes at the Houston Chronicle.  He wasn’t officially certified as an obstetrician or gynecologist, and the deputy assistant sadists pumping drugs into the women caught in his chamber of horrors had little in the way of medical training or certification.  McKinley observes that the veil of secrecy shrouding these atrocities was laughably thin:

One has to wonder how in the world could so many people be aware (or at least suspicious) of something evil going on in this clinic for decades, and no one insisted on an inspection? Nearby pharmacies had declined to accept prescriptions from this clinic. Emergency rooms had treated the aftermath of Dr. Gosnell???s evil work. Doctors who treated these women would sometimes alert authorities. Lawyers representing some of the women would send complaints to the Department of Health, but still, no inspections, no investigations.

That has to do with the politics of abortion. No one wants to touch it. There has always been a kind of political force field around abortion clinics. No reporters want to investigate, women don???t want to sue, they just want to forget, and even state health inspectors turn the other way. But for this particular clinic this part of the jury report explains it a bit further. In 1993, ???the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from [pro-life] Governor Casey to [pro-choice] Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ???putting a barrier up to women??? seeking abortions.???

When we ignore evil, or try to justify it, this is what happens.

Maybe it’s time to start conducting the routine inspections that most casual abortion supporters mistakenly believe are already standard procedure.  Good thing Big Media has maintained a cast-iron embargo on the Gosnell story, and will probably ignore Planned Parenthood of Delaware too!  We wouldn’t want news consumers to start getting any funny ideas about a “narrative” of unacceptable abortion clinic safety.