Portland, OR – Last week, former clinic worker Kimberly Binnington filed suit against Lovejoy Surgicenter, an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon, alleging a long list of abuses, including having witnessed a nurse fondle abortion patients while they were under anesthesia.
Binnington says that Lovejoy Surgicenter’s Operating Room Supervisor Evie Gradwohl committed the molestations and that she drew a bird on one sedated woman, an incident she bragged about on Facebook.
According to the lawsuit, Gradwohl had her breasts surgically augmented then exposed herself to employees at the clinic and urged them to fondle her. She boasted about her sex life at the office in front of staff and patients and engaged in other inappropriate behavior at the work place that created a hostile work environment.
Binnington says that Gradwohl pressured her to engage in an extra-marital affair with one of Gradwohl’s sex partners. When Binnington refused to go along, Gradwohl began to mistreat Binnington and in one instance threw a hanger at her.
Binnington was also told to lie to State inspectors about Grandwohl being the surgical supervisor when in fact another unlicensed worker actually supervised abortion surgeries at Lovejoy.
“Sexual harassment and sex abuse are not uncommon at abortion clinics across the nation. We hear reports of this kind of despicable behavior all too often,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. “It is the ultimate betrayal of a woman’s trust to take sexual advantage of her during a time of vulnerability. Women should be aware of the deviate behavior that apparently continues at Lovejoy Surgicenter, and avoid it like they would the plague.”
Binnington’s suit claims that she repeatedly reported the abuses to another supervisor, but that nothing was ever done to remedy the situations.
‘There appear to be instances of serious patient safety violations at Lovejoy Surgicenter. We plan to make the appropriate authorities aware of these as soon as possible,” said Sullenger.
Read the Court Document (Caution, sexual content)