State regulators investigate Delaware abortion clinic

April 17, 2013 2:57:53 PM PDT
Delaware state regulators have launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood of Delaware for alleged misconduct.

In an special report that aired last week, Action News reported on several 911 calls made from inside the Wilmington facility for patients in distress.

Two former nurses also made claims of unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Surgical abortions have now been halted for the time being.

In a statement to Action News, the clinic's CEO, Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, had this to say:

"Planned Parenthood of Delaware has provided high-quality services for more than 80 years. Each year, we provide confidential, compassionate care that includes breast cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, Pap tests, sexual health education, abortion, and health counseling to more than 11,000 women, men and teens in all three Delaware counties.

"Planned Parenthood's medical standards and guidelines are informed by the most trusted medical knowledge as well as professional and scientific organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"In my role as the new CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, recently my staff and I launched a review of patient services. I determined that we need to take immediate steps to assure our patients of our high-quality care, including enacting immediate personnel changes. We do not tolerate employees that fail to meet our standards for patient care and services.

"Ensuring high-quality care and maintaining the valued trust of our community is of the utmost importance. In addition to the significant steps I have already taken, at my invitation, a team of medical experts from our national office is on site to confirm we are addressing every concern. We are confident patient care is high quality, but if we identify any additional issues with our quality of services we are prepared to take swift action. Any employee who does not live up to our standards of patient care will be terminated. Patient health and safety has always been ? and remains ? our top priority."