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Death by drowning [Some abortion clinics violating Born Alive Infant Protection Act]
WORLD ^ | 6/18/05 | Lynn Vincent

Posted on 06/10/2005 10:21:36 AM PDT by Caleb1411

Infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller hit the news again on June 1 after protesters outside Women's Healthcare Services, his Wichita clinic, saw him rush out on June 1 still wearing surgical scrubs. Moments earlier, a green Suburban had exited the abortion business parking lot, reported, carrying a woman slumped in the back seat with a jacket over her head. Both Dr. Tiller and the Suburban headed straight for Wesley Medical Center's emergency room.

According to Kansas pro-life activists, trips to Wesley are not uncommon for Dr. Tiller, who normally takes women suffering from abortion complications there. But each trip is notable because at least two women have died after abortions at his clinics, including one on Jan. 13, 2005.

As it turns out, some babies at Dr. Tiller's clinic may also be dying after abortions instead of during them. Last week, WORLD obtained a document called "Your Stay at Women's Healthcare Services: Step-by-Step What to Expect, Intrauterine Induction Abortion."

Intrauterine induction abortion is a mid- to late-term procedure in which the baby is delivered whole, and usually dead. It is the same procedure that abortionist Harry Perper, who works for Florida abortion king James Pendergraft, used on Angele, the woman who claimed in April to have delivered a live baby boy who died after clinic workers refused to render aid or call 911. (See "Rowan's story," May 7.)

The WHS document lists "live birth of the fetus" among possible complications of induction abortion and places responsibility for the medical care and transport of any live-born infant on the aborting mother. That document, plus a 2004 statement by a WHS abortionist and a Florida abortionist's 2004 testimony in a live-birth lawsuit pending against Dr. Pendergraft, raise questions: Are abortion businesses routinely violating the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2000 (BAIPA), which requires medical workers to render life-saving aid when a baby survives abortion?

If so, what happens to aborted babies, who, as noted below, are born alive? Finally, after announcing in April plans for tougher enforcement of BAIPA, what will HHS do in the face of specific evidence that clinic-based abortionists are breaking the law?

Joann Armentrout, administrator at Dr. Tiller's Wichita clinic, said WHS isn't breaking the law: "We've never had a live birth here," she said.

Ms. Armentrout apparently missed at least one such case, that of Sarah Brown, a severely disabled little girl who was adopted and lived for five years after surviving an abortion at Dr. Tiller's clinic in July 1993. Ms. Armentrout's assertion also conflicts with a statement WHS abortionist LeRoy Carhart made last year. During dilation-and-evacuation abortions, "the fetuses are alive at the time of delivery" at least once a month, he told the Associated Press in April 2004. "Very frequently" there is a heartbeat, he said.

A heartbeat is one of four signs of neonatal life specified by BAIPA. The other three are voluntary movement, breathing, or a pulsating umbilical cord. Angele, 34, the mother of Baby Rowan, said her son curled up as though cold and grasped her finger with his hand after she delivered him into a toilet at Dr. Pendergraft's EPOC Clinic in Orlando.

Shortly thereafter, the baby died. During an autopsy three weeks later, Orange County, Fla., chief medical examiner Jan Garavaglia found "no forensic evidence" that Rowan had been born alive. And though the M.E. later acknowledged that forensic science enabled her to check for only one of the BAIPA-specified signs of life, people began to doubt Angele's story.

But according to deposition testimony by abortionist Randall B. Whitney, born-alive abortions do happen at Dr. Pendergraft's clinics–and his staff makes no attempt to resuscitate the babies.

In spring 2004, Tampa attorney Jennifer Gentry Fernandez filed suit in Orange County circuit court against Dr. Pendergraft, the Orlando Women's Center (OWC)–one of the six clinics he owns–and Dr. Whitney.

The suit alleges that Ms. Fernandez's client, identified only as "C.H." in court records, consented to have a second-trimester abortion at OWC on Nov. 15 and 16, 2001. But after 12 hours of induced labor, at approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 16, OWC workers told C.H. that she had a "bad attitude," that she should leave the clinic, and "not to come back." (Defendants dispute that claim, court documents indicate, and contend C.H. left the clinic willingly.)

C.H. then went to Orlando Regional Medical Center where, early in the morning of Nov. 16, she delivered a live baby girl, referred to in the case as "J.F." Now 3 years old, J.F. is paralyzed on her left side and suffers from cerebral palsy, brain damage, and seizure disorder. The lawsuit seeks money for her care.

While J.F. wasn't born alive at OWC, it can be argued she might have been had C.H. delivered there. During an October 2004 deposition, attorney Fernandez asked abortionist Whitney what procedure OWC workers were to follow in the event of a live birth:

Dr. Whitney: "Well, usually . . . the fetus was [expelled] into the toilet. I mean, nearly always they made it into the toilet . . . it was just more convenient to be in the toilet. Okay? So I assume that at times there might be some movement which would suggest life . . . but there was no attempt for resuscitation."

Ms. Fernandez: "Were there any protocols or procedures in place that there should be resuscitation attempts where there was movement, fetal movement?"

Whitney: "I don't know of any."

Ms. Fernandez then asked Dr. Whitney whether he was aware of other live-birth cases at OWC.

Whitney: "Where? In the toilet?"

Fernandez: "Yeah."

Whitney: "I think so."

Fernandez: ". . . So just that I'm clear, the instances where there may have been signs of a live birth, i.e., movement by the fetus, were instances where the woman was experiencing symptoms within the restroom and delivered the fetus into the toilet . . ."

Whitney: "Yes."

Dr. Whitney's testimony coincides with that of a former Pendergraft employee who told WORLD she was trained to have patients abort into a toilet "so that if the baby happens to be alive, that it drowns." (See "Labor and delivery," May 28.)

It also lends credence to Angele's story. She claims she delivered her son Rowan into an EPOC Clinic toilet, saw him moving, realized he was alive, and instantly regretted her decision to abort him. After clinic workers refused to render aid or call 911, Angele said, she asked a friend to make the call.

Angele didn't know until weeks later that Orlando Fire Department (OFD) paramedics had actually responded to the 911 call. According to an OFD paramedic who spoke with WORLD, that's because clinic workers told paramedics when they arrived that no live baby had been born: An abortion patient had merely "passed some tissue," was hysterical, and that a physician inside had the situation under control.

That story kept paramedics from entering the clinic. Perhaps Dr. Pendergraft's employees do have a protocol for dealing with born-alive babies after all. HHS talked tough about such disregard for the rights of living children, but public affairs officer Craig Stevens told WORLD HHS lawyers did not have a comment. The question is, what will the agency do about it? —•

TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionists; baipa; bornalive; drowning; georgetiller; infanticide; lateterm; murder; prolife; wichita

1 posted on 06/10/2005 10:21:36 AM PDT by Caleb1411
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To: Caleb1411

I am absolutely sick...

2 posted on 06/10/2005 10:33:17 AM PDT by AZConcervative
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To: Caleb1411

I love how the abortion crowd is always so self-righteous talking about how a fetus isn't a human being and how DARE we suggest they're into killing human beings. Yet we have cases like this, and those same folks sure don't jump in front of the cameras to denounce this kind of inhuman beahvior, do they?

3 posted on 06/10/2005 10:35:16 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Dems, the annoying vegetarians of politics)
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To: Caleb1411

God have mercy on us!

4 posted on 06/10/2005 10:37:38 AM PDT by tucker93
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To: Caleb1411

"Tiller the Killer" strikes again. May he burn and rot in the afterlife without water or mercy. Craven murderous industry mill profiteer...

{seeing red}


5 posted on 06/10/2005 10:39:57 AM PDT by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: Caleb1411

Florida needs to put this b@stard in prison.

6 posted on 06/10/2005 10:41:58 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: AmericanArchConservative

Nazi *******.

That's all my conscience will allow me to write; feel free to interpet the *s.

7 posted on 06/10/2005 10:43:18 AM PDT by streetpreacher (God DOES exist; He's just not into you!)
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To: Caleb1411

I wouldn't be able to live with this on my conscience.

8 posted on 06/10/2005 10:43:49 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (I should like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home.)
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To: Nightshift;; little jeremiah


9 posted on 06/10/2005 10:45:40 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< Impeach Judge Greer
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To: darkangel82

Oops! Think you interpreted it before I posted it.

10 posted on 06/10/2005 10:52:11 AM PDT by streetpreacher (God DOES exist; He's just not into you!)
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To: Caleb1411

The only thing surprising about this act is that they got caught.

11 posted on 06/10/2005 11:00:38 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Conservatism: doing what is right instead of what is easy)
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To: Caleb1411

The leftists are just as fascinated with the culture of death as the terrorist Muslims and I can't decide which I despise more.

12 posted on 06/10/2005 11:08:42 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Caleb1411

"We've never had a live birth here," she said. "

How nice.

Abortion is monstrous. Abortionists are murderers.

13 posted on 06/10/2005 11:13:03 AM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I'm mighty tempted to borrow your tagline for a bumper sticker, having just seen a "God is not a Republican . . . and He's not a Democrat, either" bumper sticker recently.

14 posted on 06/10/2005 11:25:41 AM PDT by Caleb1411
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To: Caleb1411
Live birth of a fetus is listed as a "complication".

That's just about as sick as it gets.
15 posted on 06/10/2005 11:28:19 AM PDT by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: Caleb1411

Isn't that murder?

16 posted on 06/10/2005 11:29:41 AM PDT by BayouCoyote (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: LIConFem

...And you'll note, by the way, that even though delivered live, they still refer to the babies as fetuses. I thought the pro-death crowd's position on that was that a baby wasn't a baby unless it was born?

17 posted on 06/10/2005 11:30:10 AM PDT by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: darkangel82

Florida needs to prosecute him for second degree murder!

18 posted on 06/10/2005 11:34:00 AM PDT by IL Republican
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To: LIConFem
Maybe it's a "fetus living abroad"?
20 posted on 06/10/2005 11:47:31 AM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: Caleb1411

Yea -- THIS is legal --

Marijuana isn't.

Something wrong here.

21 posted on 06/10/2005 12:29:47 PM PDT by four more in O 4 (God Bless America. Let Freedom Reign.)
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To: Caleb1411

A number of people pointed out the loopholes and shortcomings of the PBA ban when it was being passed and signed. Most didn't want to hear it. I don't remember the specific language and don't have time to dig it up, but there was a huge loophole in the language that made it obvious that abortionists would continue to ply their grisly trade without consequence.


22 posted on 06/10/2005 12:34:13 PM PDT by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: Caleb1411
I saw that one too. Except the "not a democrat" is written much smaller than the "not a Republican part"
23 posted on 06/10/2005 2:14:52 PM PDT by CharlieOK1 (See for what should happen to Iran)
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To: CharlieOK1

I think I remember seeing the same discrepancy in font sizes.

24 posted on 06/10/2005 2:44:40 PM PDT by Caleb1411
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To: AZConcervative

And it is this rite of serial killing that the democrap party defends so ardently. Where is the mainstream media when the truth is contrary to their leftist death agenda? In the trouser pockets of the deadly democrats, that's where! Without the assistance of media whoredom, the democrat party would have been exposed for the death cult they've become, long ago, and perhaps millions of alive unborn would have been saved from the democrat rites of slaughter.

25 posted on 06/10/2005 2:50:46 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: thompsonsjkc; odoso; animoveritas; DaveTesla; mercygrace; Laissez-faire capitalist; ...

Moral Absolutes Ping.

I couldn't read it all. Sorry, but I am pinging it in the interests of the truth, no matter how sickening or unpalatable. Once the decision has been made to allow evil, more and more horrible choices have to be made.

Can't RoevWade be overturned some day? When?

Freepmail me if you want on/off this pinglist.

When will more and more people come to realize that abortion is nothing less than disgusting murder of the most innocent and helpless who deserve careful protection?

26 posted on 06/11/2005 11:38:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: little jeremiah; Caleb1411

I feel sorry for the young women who still buy into the "blob of tissue" scam. These women learned the hard way.

27 posted on 06/12/2005 11:27:10 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Free Mexico!)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

The more actual information about the reality of abortion is view/read by women, the fewer abortions there will be.

28 posted on 06/12/2005 11:37:59 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

Thay may have gotten caught, but they won't be doing any time.

29 posted on 06/12/2005 11:44:01 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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