In ancient Rome it was customary to present a
newborn child to the family patriarch who would decide whether the infant would
live or die. Today this
right is claimed by the mothers.
campaigners agree that life begins at birth at the latest, that magical moment
when a tissue blob suddenly turns into a human being, there are also those who
promote the mother’s right to kill her newborn child, especially after a failed
abortion attempt. Not everybody phrases it as bluntly as Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, who employ the oxymoron “after-birth abortion,” but the euphemisms used by others
leave no doubt about their position. Abortion clinics’ staff, such as in Dr.Emily Women’s Health Center in the Bronx, refer to children who are born alive
as “specimen” or, incorrectly, as “the pregnancy,” tell their clients they’ll
be put in a toxic solution and give advice as to how to dispose of a live-born
child at home.
Planned Parenthood, according to their representative Alisa LaPolt Snow, “believe[s] that, you know, any decision that’s made [about a child born alive] should be
left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.” (Under public pressure, Planned Parenthood distanced itself from that statement.)
feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science.” By this logic, there is no upper age limit for “aborting” a child after birth, so
we all should tread very softly around our parents.
Bill Clinton, who vetoed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which would have banned “terminations” that take place during
birth, in 1995 and 1997 (a similar act was finally signed into law in 2003); and Barack Obama, who voted several times against Illinois’ Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (which, as the title suggests,
was designed to protect children who are born alive) in 2001 and 2002, stating:
“What we are doing here is to create one more burden on women” and that it “would
have taken away from doctors their professional judgment when a fetus is viable.”
convicted of three counts of murder (among other charges).
For those who follow the liberal press, Gosnell was an abortion provider who on
several occasions “induced labour, forced the live birth of viable babies in
the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by
cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.”
Even though he was only convicted of three counts of murder, his employees
describe this technique as a standard procedure that was carried out on a
regular basis. Given that Gosnell performed abortions from 1972 (before they were legal) until
his arrest in 2011, he may well be the most prolific serial killer in history.
former assistants of abortion provider Douglas Karpen in Texas came forward and testified in gruesome
detail how every day their employer would kill several live-born children or bin
them while they were still alive.
children until they die, which can take up to several days.
This practice was highlighted in 1999 by Jill Stanek, who worked in the Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois as a nurse. Her
testimony led to the passage of the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2002.
describes witnessing the death of a child who survived a saline solution
abortion but also points out that this is a common practice:
I’m a housewife and a registered nurse from
Jacksonville. I worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and when we weren’t busy,
I’d go out to help with the newborns. One night I saw a bassinet outside the
nursery. There was a baby in this bassinet – a crying, perfectly formed baby –
but there was a difference in this child. She had been scalded. She was the child
of a saline abortion. This little girl looked as if she had been
put in a pot of boiling water. No doctor, no nurse, no parent, to comfort this
hurt, burned child. She was left alone to die in pain. They wouldn’t let her in
the nursery – they didn’t even bother to cover her. I was ashamed of my profession that night!
It’s hard to believe this can happen in our modern hospitals, but it does. It
happens all the time. I thought a hospital was a place to heal the sick – not a
place to kill. I asked a nurse at another hospital what they
do with their babies that are aborted by saline. Unlike my hospital, where the
baby was left alone struggling for breath, their hospital puts the infant in a
bucket and puts the lid on. Suffocation! Death by suffocation!
that Gosnell was an isolated case, but there are multiple indications, such as
the mentioned statements of Melanie Green, Jill Stanek, Karpen’s employees, Planned
Parenthood and Dr. Emily’s assistant, among many others, that the gosnelling of newborn children is a common method of dealing with
failed abortion attempts, in some cases even against the wishes of the mother.
cases, and not just because these stories turn the stomach of every sensible
person, be they pro-life or pro-abortion. These stories cast an undesired light on the
reality of the abortion industry and may cause the undecided to oppose abortion
and the pro-abortionists to waver in their beliefs. A legal procedure and a first-degree murder are in close proximity. A newborn child
is no different than the fetus they were just a few minutes prior to
birth, and this may raise a very unsettling question: if they are the same, is
the newborn child still a tissue blob? Or is the fetus already a human being?