An abortion doctor being pursued by Republican lawmakers in Delaware told a local reporter that Planned Parenthood itself was to blame for what he called “headaches” at a clinic in Wilmington.
In a series of lengthy interviews, Dr. Timothy Liveright told The News Journal that management positions at the Wilmington clinic went unfilled for months, leaving a shoestring staff to hold the practice together. He also claimed the clinic’s director spent more time on the road than the facility.
Planned Parenthood of Delaware did not comment on the allegations against the the doctor or his comments about the women’s health organization.
The clinic was cited in April by the state’s health agency for unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Liveright, who lives and works in Pennsylvania, was also grilled by Delaware lawmakers during a packed hearing last week that featured two of the clinic’s nurses who said his behavior was at times outlandish.
Specifically, the two nurses said that Liveright was negligent on several occasions, including one in which he left the clinic for about an hour to attend to a mechanical problem with his small aircraft, even as his patients sat waiting. Another complaint claimed that he once sang a song about the Christian deity figure Jesus as he performed an abortion, which was disturbing to the patient.
Liveright was also formally reprimanded by Planned Parenthood in 2012 for allegedly cursing and shouting in front of patients and sexually harassing nurses. Delaware’s Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline also lodged a formal complaint against him last week for allegedly oversedating patients, performing unnecessary procedures and not acting diligently to prevent complications.
Defending himself, the doctor claimed he’d only injured one of more than 50,000 patients over the years, explaining that he made a mistake and perforated a patient’s uterus. The woman was treated for bleeding and made a full recovery.
“Of all the complaints I stated to the board, that was the only mistake I made,” he told the paper. “In general, I slipped up. It sometimes happens among abortion providers.”
Lawmakers in Delaware are seeking to have Liveright’s license revoked, even though he’s already voluntarily turned it in.
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