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Whistleblowers: Abortion facility owner concealed sexual abuse, exhibited ‘disturbing’ behavior

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Three former abortion workers have accused their boss, the head of a North Carolina abortion facility, of lying about the status of her nursing license, among other bizarre and unethical behaviors. 

According to The Daily Wire, the whistleblowers previously worked at Family Reproductive Health, an abortion facility owned and operated by Deborah Jane Walsh. As the outlet reported, Walsh passed herself off as a nurse on the facility’s website, even though her license expired in 2015.

Represented by the Thomas More Society, the former employees said they are coming forward to warn the public and “stop the deception, fraud, and criminal practices by their former boss.”

“She would tell patients unusual things, such as the abortion was only being performed on a ‘spirit’ or a ‘fairy.’ Ms. Walsh’s unusual behavior combined with her keeping a firearm on the premises made clinic staff, including myself, fearful for our safety and the safety of others,” one of the former employees said. 

One of the whistleblowers also alleged that Walsh had turned a blind eye to underage abortions and even enabled sex trafficking. 

“I saw a man bring to the clinic a girl seeking an abortion. The girl seeking an abortion appeared to be under 16 years of age, although I did not verify her age, since I was not involved in her care. Later, another worker at the clinic told me the same man had been there on prior occasions with different women or girls each time,” the whistleblower said. 

Another former employee accused Walsh of illegally living at the abortion facility, claiming she slept and cooked there, even keeping a stove and a bed in her office. According to the report, Walsh frequently took melatonin and Benadryl, which often made her appear “disoriented and confused.” 

In a “disturbing incident,” one whistleblower remembered hearing a gun chambering around before Walsh appeared, brandishing a shotgun. Walsh apparently thought it was nighttime and mistook the facility workers for burglars. 

Walsh also allegedly violated informed consent laws, and failed to properly sterilize equipment and properly dispose of biohazardous materials, according to the report. Through their attorneys, the whistleblowers submitted a complaint to the North Carolina Board of Nursing in 2020, but the board declined to take action.

“In this instance after careful review of the information submitted by you along with additional information obtained through an investigation, no action will be taken against Ms. Deborah Walsh,” the state nursing board wrote in a Jan. 15 letter to the Thomas More Society.

The whistleblowers have turned to the Department of Health and Human Services, filing a formal complaint which will hopefully spur authorities to act. 

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