Thursday, May 30, 2013

Washington Post covers "meat-market-style" abortions at Delaware Planned Parenthood

The Washington Post's She the People blog has a post on the testimony of two former Planned Parenthood nurses about the unsafe conditions at Delaware Planned Parenthood.  If you get time, I suggest you read the testimony of Joyce Vasikonis and Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich.

Vasikonis describes how she attempted to improve disorganized clinics which were failing in numerous facets (training, quality assurance, cleanliness, confidentiality, reporting abortions to the state, limited staff, etc.)  while Mitchell-Werbrich describes in-depth her numerous efforts to get state regulatory agencies to do something about the conditions in the clinic.  The agencies basically did nothing until Vasikonis and Mitchell-Werbrich went public. When Mitchell-Werbrich asked Mary Peterson of the Division of Public Health who regulates Planned Parenthood, she was told, "No one regulates Planned Parenthood." 
She said she witnessed “meat-market-style, assembly-line abortions,” with patients “rushed in and out the door.”

“The abortion rooms need to be sanitized and the sterile procedures need to be just that, sterile, so patients are not exposed to the blood and body fluids of other patients,” Mitchell-Werbrich said.

Vasikonis, who also left in August 2012, said, “For the last three weeks I worked at Planned Parenthood of Delaware, I alone scrubbed and sterilized instruments because no one else knew how.”

I doubt you'll see any of the usual abortion-advocating bloggers (Amanda Marcotte, Jill Filipovic, Michelle Goldberg, Irin Carmon, etc.) mention this as they can't blame Delaware's non-existent prolife laws for why patients went to Planned Parenthood and can't claim that Planned Parenthood is an outlier. 

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