Planned Parenthood of Delaware says state regulators have launched an investigation into the conduct of several medical professionals at the facility.
Officials at the state's largest abortion provider say they welcome the review and have made personnel changes. In the meantime, surgical abortions have been halted for now at Planned Parenthood's Wilmington and Dover offices. Officials tell The News Journal of Wilmington that outpatient medical abortions continue at both sites.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood of Del. CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby trumpeted her organization’s care of more than 11,000 women but also said Planned Parenthood will review its standards.
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. We have made some modifications to our clinical hours for the next several weeks so that we can orient and fully train new staff. Patients can learn more about our hours and services on our website.
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 came 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.
James Collins, director of the state Division of Professional Regulation, says recent complaints from several sources led to the new inquiry.
Planned Parenthood is also under investigation by the state Division of Public Health.
At least two former employees, both registered nurses, have called for investigations into practices at Planned Parenthood.