Del. P. Parenthood Under Fire for Squalid Conditions

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The state of Delaware is investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic after two nurses charged it had been operating under unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

The nurses told ABC's Action News they quit the clinic to protect their own medical licenses. They said the clinic used instruments that weren't sterilized.

Former employee Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich said, "It was just unsafe. I couldn't tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was." The doctor "didn't wear gloves," she said.

The nurses also say patients were rushed in and out, leaving operating tables soiled and unsanitary. 

"It's not washed down; it's not even cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it," Werbrich said.

"They could be at risk of getting hepatitis, even AIDS," Joyce Vasikonis added.

The nurses called it a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions. One of them said she felt she could be held liable if a patient were hurt.

Now Delaware's Planned Parenthood is saying, though it provides high-quality services, it's reviewing its patient care.

The state of Delaware doesn't do routine inspections of abortion clinics.

"I am not going to lie to you. We don't have the manpower to do routine inspections," Mary Peterson from the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services told Action News.

Since January 4, five women have reportedly been rushed to the emergency room from the facility.

Peterson said the complaints have raised concern, and her department is investigating the cause of the issues.

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