Sunday, May 2, 2010

Aborted baby left to die, survives for two days

In a labor induction abortion (used later in a pregnancy), labor is induced and the unborn child is expelled from the mother. This usually results in a dead baby (killed by the force of the contractions) or a baby too young to survive outside the womb. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, "There is a small chance that a baby could live for a short period of time [after the abortion] depending on the baby's gestational age and health at the time of delivery."

Sometimes babies who survive these abortions are simply neglected and left to die -- a practice that is more accurately described as infanticide. (The Born Alive Infants Protection Act, opposed at every turn by now-President Barack Obama, was designed to fix this problem by ensuring protection for any already-born human being.) An April 28 story from Italy shows that "live birth abortion" is still very much a horrifying reality:
The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her [22-week old unborn] baby was disabled.

However, the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabro hospital, and was left by doctors to die.

He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.

He found that the baby, wrapped in a sheet with his umbilical cord still attached, was moving and breathing.

The priest raised the alarm and doctors immediately arranged for the infant to be taken to a specialist neo-natal unit at the neighbouring Cosenza hospital, where he died on Monday morning.

Italian police are investigating the case for "homicide" because infanticide is illegal in Italy.
Jill Stanek, who uncovered the infanticide of abortion survivors while working as a nurse at an Illinois hospital, says the practice is still happening here in the United States.
The [Italian] story was heartbreaking, more so because I know without a doubt babies his age are surviving their abortions every day across America and getting similar treatment. I would even venture to say this is a worldwide epidemic.

For instance, only last week I spoke at length after a pro-life event with an L&D RN who told me babies survive their abortions at her hospital, and doctors pressure nurses to give them 0-0 APGAR scores, in other words, chart that the babies were born dead when they were not. ...

We have a Born Alive Infants Protection Act that is not being enforced, incredibly frustrating and painful.
The baby in the photo above, of Minnesota, was born prematurely at 21 weeks -- younger than the Italian baby left to die -- and is now a healthy child.