Thursday, May 30, 2013

Have you or someone you know been injured, neglected or suffered patient abuse from Planned Parenthood of Delaware?

Delaware women, wake up! Planned Parenthood is NOT YOUR FRIEND. Now is the time to share your experiences behind the walls of Delaware's premiere abortion facility.

Call Senator Greg Lavelle at 302-577-8714 
if you have suffered shoddy care, mistreatment,  negligence or injury at Planned Parenthood of Delaware's Wilmington or Dover abortion clinics.

At yesterday's Senate hearing in Dover two nurses, former employees at Planned Parenthood of Delaware, made a series of serious allegations about conditions and practices at the state's two PP facilities.  While you might not be able to tell if you were treated with contaminated instruments or expired medications, was your experience at the Planned Parenthood facility less than what you desired or expected from an organization that deems itself caring of all women?

Were you sedated and left unattended? Did you show up for an appointment and wait hours and hours for your "procedure"?  Are you Rh negative?  If so, did you receive RhoGAM treatment after your abortion to make sure that further pregnancies would not result in serious damage? One nurse testified that RhoGAM treatments were regularly neglected or administered too late to be effective. Are you one of the many women walking around all over Delaware who doesn't know that your are Rh negative and that if you get pregnant again you might be in serious trouble?

Call Senator Greg Lavelle at 302-577-8714 if you have suffered shoddy care, mistreatment,  injury, or if you have observed negligence at Planned Parenthood of Delaware's Wilmington or Dover free-standing abortion clinics.

Read The News Journal's report on the hearing.

"Among the claims the nurses made Wednesday:
• Nurses sometimes hid patient charts from the physician to ensure sufficient time for medications to take effect before procedures were done.
• Inadequate staff training. Vasikonis said no procedure manuals were available for staff, and all staff were inadequately trained.
• Abnormal lab results (to include sexually transmitted diseases) were not reported or properly followed up on.
• Sterile procedures often were not followed and surgical suites and recovery rooms were inadequately cleaned between patients.
• Patient complications were not reported.
• RhoGAM – a necessary treatment for abortion patients who have RH-negative blood – often was missed, endangering that patient if she conceived in the future by a father with RH-positive blood.
• Some supplies were beyond expiration dates and some emergency equipment was no longer functional.
• Staff medical credentials were not verified.
• The physician once left medicated patients in the middle of an abortion waiting for hours while he tended to an issue with his private airplane."
See also:

Delmarva Public Radio:
Assembly Line Abortion Accusations Against Wilmington Clinic.
Delaware News Zap:
Planned Parenthood Reform in Spotlight 

WBOC 16 Delmarva:
Nurses Testify Against Planned Parenthood 
World Magazine:
"An Absolute Nightmare"   
From World Magazine's article:


Excerpts from the transcript of Joyce Vasikonis’ testimony before Delaware lawmakers Wednesday

  • “All staff was inadequately trained, particularly in blood-borne pathogens.”
  • “Management was inadequately trained.”
  • “No policy and procedure manuals were available for staff.”
  • “No job duty descriptions for staff.”
  • “Disregard for patient needs or comfort.”
  • “Disregard for staff input or suggestions.”
  • “Staff were to work until services were completed without any breaks.”
  • “I experienced both sexual and racial harassment.”
  • “Many staff members were fired without cause.”
  • “Abnormal STD (sexually transmitted disease) lab results and STAT labs (to be completed and reported immediately) were not followed per protocol.”
  • “The clinics were severely disorganized and there was a carelessness in job performance.”
  • “Patient scheduling was not controlled in response to inadequate staffing levels; patients often had no place to sit and waited as long as six hours to be seen.”
  • “Outdated equipment and [supplies] remained in use.”
  • “Broken equipment and supplies remained in the clinical setting.”
  • “HIPPA compliance (patient confidentiality) was violated daily.”
  • “Quality and risk management policies were not followed or enforced.”
  • “Surgical suites and recovery rooms were not thoroughly cleaned between patients.”
  • “Patient complications were not reported.”
  • “Sterile instruments were not handled in a manner consistent with accepted sterile technique.”
  • “Dr. Timothy Liveright did not wear sterile gloves during procedures.”
  • “Speed was the ultimate goal.”

Again, you can contact Senator Greg Lavelle at 302-577-8714 
if you have suffered shoddy care, mistreatment,  negligence or injury at Planned Parenthood of Delaware's Wilmington or Dover abortion clinics. 

Or, email this writer at if you have information but are not quite ready to speak to Senator Lavelle.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nurse tells Delaware senators: "I would not want my daughter to go to Planned Parenthood of Delaware. I wouldn't want anybody's daughter going there."


My first effort at live tweeting today was underwhelming but I'm smiling anyway. The occasion? A Senate hearing in Dover, DE on Planned Parenthood of Delaware (PPDE). Two nurses, JayneWerbrich and Joyce Vasikonis, ended their employment at PPDE in 2012 rather than risk losing their licenses by participating in unsafe practices and multiple violations at the abortion clinic.

I definitely need education in live tweeting. And practice. But honestly, for having no real idea on how to do it I think I did okay with just a one hour preparation. A Rose and A Prayer video recorded the whole session -- later maybe I can post some of it.

We who've been following Planned Parenthood of Delaware's very own "war on women" found nothing surprising at the hearing. We did relish the jaw-dropping looks on the faces of the legislators and members of the public who packed the small Senate hearing room to get an earful of surprise. Who knew that the nation's premiere "Women's Health Service" (*choke* *barf*) held their patients in such contempt?

We who stand outside PPDE praying with & offering help to the women and men who come out wounded, injured and in tears know....

We have no illusions that the mess will be cleaned up any time soon. Even pro-choice folks know that abortion is a dirty, ugly, bloody, profit-ridden industry. Nobody really wants to look too closely at it. Not legislators. Not the State. Not the public. Only the "weirdo" pro-lifers.

But today is a step.

In no particular order, here's what I heard from Nurses Vasikonis and Werbrich.

1. Narcotics: unregulated and uncounted.
Planned Parenthood of Delaware (PPDE) had shelves full of expired and degraded medications. Nobody kept track of how many controlled substances were dispensed or whether they were expired or fresh.

2. Fentanol: no guidelines for injecting.
Fentanol is a powerful narcotic injected via syringe or IV into patients as a sedative. Some drugs can be "pushed" from syringe or through IV into patient without timing guidelines. Fentanol is NOT such a drug. Pushing this medication in too fast or hard can hurt the patient including damage to the brain. Nurse Werbrich: "No standards of care" for pushing IV for fentanol. Nurses had NO guidelines for fentanol, were basically told to eyeball it (that verb was not used but I can't remember the one that was). The abortion doctor loved to push the fentanol himself.

3. Speed, speed, and more speed. "They did one abortion every 8-10 minutes in assembly line style."
Once the abortionist arrived, it was hurry, hurry, hurry. Abortion doctors were paid per abortion, and speed was the goal once the doc was on the scene. Nurse Vasikonis: "abortion is not my issue". Describes self as radically committed to abortion rights as pro-life folks are to their cause. "The issue here is NOT abortion. The cultural climate at Planned Parenthood is to maximize profits."
Nurse Werbrich: "... assembly line style. Like a meat market".

4. SLOOWWWW until the abortion doc shows up
BEFORE the abortionist arrives, it's a totally different story. Patients waited up to 6 hours. Patients were sedated and then returned to the waiting room. A decent medical facility would never return a sedated patient to the main waiting room, but would keep them under supervision in a back room if waiting was necessary. Nurse Werbrich: Patients who had been sedated sometimes left the facility, once they found a patient "dazed and confused" wandering Market St. while under sedation,

5. No time for cleaning. "Bloody drainage" present on guerneys.
Abortion doctor often so impatient that to speed things up when staff was overloaded he did the cleanup himself between abortions, and he did it badly. Nurses asked him NOT to do cleanup.

6. No time for sedation to take effect.
Abortion doctor would insist that PP staff bring patients back before the time allowed for sedation to take effect. Nurse Werbrich in pre-hearing testimony: Abortion doctor yells, "Bring them back! They're ready!" Nurses take to hiding patient records from doctor so that they could be gatekeepers on when the patients were brought back, in order to insure they had time for sedatives to take effect.

7. Abortion doctors talk inappropriately to each other during abortions. Abortion doctor strikes one patient, yelling "Breathe". Abortion doctor eyes patients up and down suggestively.

8. Nurse Werbrich details going to her supervisors with complaints (promises but no action); Delaware Division of Public Health ("only patients file complaint"; "Planned Parenthood regulates itself);  Governor's office (no response); OSHA (eventual inspection and violation citations); State licensure dept.

9. Ms. Vasikonis: harassment -- after she begins to report problems and ask for solutions, medical head begins referring to her routinely and derogatively as "white girl".

10. Ms. Werbrich: "I've never seen anything like it".
Emergency equipment is old, expired and bad. Oxygen masks were no longer supple but hard so "bagging" an emergency patient could be compromised (and in fact one 911 call from PPDE talked of a bagging problem). Life threatening problem.

11. Rh negative women needed to be given Rogan within certain amount of time after abortion or it would endanger future pregnancies. Rogan administration was totally ignored,"there are who knows how many women going around in Delaware not knowing of dangers to future pregnancies." Werbrich tried twice to fix Rogan problem but it was never fixed.

12. Intern who came on premises for observation only was pressured into providing abortion care despite lack of training and inappropriateness of doing so. Abortionist was "bully" and intern, like many PP staffers, could not say no.

13. HIPPA was "a joke at Planned Parenthood of Delaware." No privacy for patients even when specifically requested.

14. When OSHA finds violations that State of DE could not find, why??  Is State dumb, or did somebody at State tip of PPDE that they were coming to inspect?

15. Vasikonis: made written and verbal attempts to report lack of compliance with standards; tried to provide training on her own; had to leave finally or endanger her license for failure to report.

16. Why didn't anybody care about the numerous attempts of nurses to report infractions?  Abortion politics, Planned Parenthood has protection, culture of profit "that seemed to seep out of the walls."

17. Oddly enough, after almost a year, JUST AS THEY ARE GETTING READY TO TESTIFY IN DOVER, the nurses receive via snail mail the first official response from the State of Delaware Division of Public Health to  all of their compaints. Coincidence, or ... ??  Senator asks nurses to comment on what the State responded, but Werbrich's lawyer begs off saying nurses just received this correspondence and have had no chance to look at it.

I'm sure I've neglected some of it, but that's what I recall and what my tweets communicate.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Delawareans: tell your senators to vote NO to HB75, the same-sex marriage law

Like myself, many if not most of you have gay friends and relatives whom you love. You know that persons of homosexual orientation have suffered insults or worse at the hands of bigots. You, like me, want to see the animosity between the "straight" and the "LGBT" communities resolved through means of justice, understanding, mutual respect as opposed to the frailties of human nature that stir us to anger and injustice.

BUT...  re-defining marriage in order to accomodate "same-sex marriage" is not the answer.  Most Christian churches, and most especially the Catholic Church, teach that sexual activity belongs to the state of holy matrimony entered in to by a man and a woman for mutual salvation and the raising up of children. For purposes of equality, a civil union law was enacted in Delaware two years ago which extends the legal privileges of marriage to same-sex couples. The re-definition of marriage itself, which is the purpose of HB 75, is redundant.  

For the Catholic Church and other Christian churches, HB 75 opens up a can of worms that threatens the religious freedom of Christians in this country. Although churches are exempted from the requirement to hold same-sex marriages, Christian business men and women are not. They will, under this law, be required to offer wedding services to same-sex couples or face legal action for discrimination. Even the protections for churches will not hold for long against the legal assault to come. And here's why.

The proponents of same-sex marriage position this as a civil rights issue, like the ending of segregation in the 50's. However, the anti-segregation laws did not provide exceptions for churches.  Why not? Because the courts and legislators realized that if segregation was TRULY a violation of civil rights, then segregated churches were as much in violation of justice as segregated schools. If same-sex marriage is TRULY a civil rights issue, there should be no exception for churches. The fact that there is, argues two things: 1) that most folks realize it's not a true civil rights issue at heart and 2) that those who DO believe it is a true civil rights issue will never give up on removing the exception. Our religious liberties are at stake.

HB 75 will be debated and most likely voted on tomorrow, Tuesday May 7. What can you do?

1. Follow the link below for a step by step contact of your senator. You will enter information.  The program will then figure out who your senator is and let you phone or leave him or her a message:

2. Come to Legislative Hall in Dover tomorrow by noon to make your presence known as the law is debated. If you need a ride, contact me at my email address above.