The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology published a startling report in its March 2007 issue.
During a 10 year period from 1995-2004, researchers found that 18 of 20 hospitals in a sampled section of the UK committed a type of abortion procedure that resulted in babies being aborted still alive.
Researchers found that one in 30 of babies aborted by this induced labor abortion were delivered alive, living an average of 80 minutes. A few lived several hours. This statistic increased to one in 10 when babies were aborted at the gestational age of 23 weeks, the current medically drawn line of viability.
This study supports my belief that induced labor abortion is being rampantly committed in U. S. hospitals and abortion mills.
My theory can’t be corroborated because U. S. government officials are loath to uncover the extent of this practice.
This is despite the passage of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act into federal law in 2002. BAIPA stipulates any baby aborted alive is a constitutionally protected person with the same equal rights as a wanted baby.
Although U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt stated two years ago HHS would “aggressively enforce” BAIPA, HHS officials told me in a meeting last autumn that while they do not know the extent of hospital involvement with induced labor abortion, they do not plan to find out. Because they do not know, they do not want to make a potentially frivolous budget request to mail surveys.
For some reason, government officials are also loath to prosecute abortionists who overtly or covertly murder live aborted babies.
At this moment, the U. S. Department of Justice is sitting on mounds of evidence that a New Jersey hospital aborted babies alive as recently as 2004 and fraudulently doctored charting to cover them up.
At this moment, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Rundle is sitting on a 2006 murder case involving a Hialeah, Fla., abortion clinic owner who by multiple witness accounts placed a living, moving aborted baby into a plastic biohazard bag and zipped it shut, suffocating the baby. Insiders report Rundle is afraid abortion proponents will criticize her if she prosecutes.
Perhaps the Supreme Court’s Partial Birth Abortion Ban decision last week will calm skittish officials. It read, in part:
The government undoubtedly [quoting the ban] “has an interest in protecting the integrity and ethics of the medical profession.” … The Act’s ban on abortions involving partial delivery of a living fetus furthers the Government’s objectives. Congress determined that such abortions are similar to the killing of a newborn infant. This Court has confirmed the validity of drawing boundaries to prevent practices that extinguish life and are close to actions that are condemned. …
[T]he Act defines the line between potentially criminal conduct on the one hand and lawful abortion on the other. … Doctors performing D&E will know that if they do not deliver a living fetus to an anatomical landmark [either the fetal head if a head-first delivery or the fetal trunk past the navel if a breech delivery] they will not face criminal liability.
In other words, both federal legislators and the Supreme Court condemn killing aborted newborn babies; and abortionists should expect to face criminal charges for killing partially or completely delivered babies.
So prosecutors like Rundle can rest assured they can charge abortionists or clinic workers with murder for killing born babies they botched killing while preborn.
The British study was thorough and contained other useful information.
Of great importance was its finding of the incidence of abortions for fetal abnormalities. While abortion proponents like Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, have stated abortions for fetal anomalies range from 3 to 13 percent, the British study found the incidence is actually .5 percent, or 1 in 203 births.
Those specifics were: 39 percent for chromosomal anomalies, which would include Down syndrome and Trisomies 13 and 18; 25 percent for malformations of multiple systems; 23 percent for neural tube defects, which would include spina bifida and anencephaly; 5 percent for kidney problems, and 5 percent for heart defects.
The age range of abortions for fetal abnormalities was eight to 40 weeks: 20 percent were before 16 weeks, 32 percent between 16-20 weeks; 38 percent between 20-24 weeks, and 8.4 percent at or after 24 weeks.
Researchers found that more recent abortions for fetal anomalies have been committed earlier in the pregnancy, as perinatal testing has advanced, although “advanced” doesn’t sound like the right word to me here.
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