Posted by: Terry Hollifield | February 9, 2009

What is a “Botched” Abortion, and Why the Outrage?

A recent news article posted on The Drudge Report told of a Florida doctor who lost his license due to having “botched” an abortion. The doctor was accused of malpractice. Here are a few excerpts to help you get the gist of the article:

“The Board of Medicine has revoked the license of a Florida doctor accused of medical malpractice in a botched abortion case in which a live baby was delivered, but ended up dead in a cardboard box…

…The Department of Health said Renelique [the abortion doctor] was scheduled to perform an abortion on a teenager who was 23 weeks pregnant in 2006. Sycloria Williams had been given drugs in advance to dilate her cervix.

According to the complaint, she gave birth at a Hialeah clinic after waiting hours for Renelique to arrive. The complaint said one of the clinic owners put the baby in a bag that was thrown away…

 …Police found the infant’s decomposing remains a week later.

A medical examiner determined the cause of death was extreme prematurity, the complaint states…

 …No criminal charges have been filed in the case, but the state attorney’s office is investigating…

…Renelique said he had advised the patient to come in early as a precaution, and that when he was en route to the clinic, he was called to tend to another patient having an emergency.

He said the clinic staff members didn’t tell him about the delivery when he arrived.

Harrison said Renelique expected the board to uphold the current restriction on his license, which prohibits him from performing abortions unless another physician is present…”

Now let’s get this right; the doctor us under criminal investigation for having performed the abortion without have another doctor present, and for stuffing the baby in a bag and throwing it away after it had been born.

WHAT!? How is it possible that in a case such as this, it can even be considered an issue that there was not another doctor present, that entirely misses the obvious issue at hand here.  In summary, a young woman was given medication to dilate her cervix to prepare for the abortion (this medication also induces labour).  The baby was then born alive and tossed aside.

Hear me clearly, the only real problem here was that the baby was killed in a different way than previously planned.

 So why the outrage? The young girl paid to have her baby killed and the deed was done. 

For answers, the Boston Herald reports the following in their report:

“She came face to face with a human being,” Pennekamp [the young mother's attorney] said. “And that changed everything.”

“The baby was just treated as a piece of garbage,” said Tom Brejcha, president of The Thomas More Society, a law firm that is also representing Williams. “People all over the country are just aghast.”

Ah, the facts change the view of this issue of abortion don’t they.

Yet, another article from lifesitenews.com gives greater detail into the horrific event and shows the continued intentional skewing of terms,

“The Miami-Dade County medical examiner performed an autopsy which showed that the baby’s lungs had been filled with air before her killing, proving it was a live birth. But the examiner blamed the death on “extreme prematurity,” ignoring eyewitness testimony that the baby had been murdered.  The Thomas More Society took an interest in the case when a local law school professor was quoted in The Miami Herald to the effect that if the baby wasn’t “viable,” then it “couldn’t be a case of homicide.”

Semantics anyone? With the legalization of the murdering of one’s won child, we have performed ethical gymnastics to approve of the most barbarous of acts.  Often the pro-abortion ethicists use the term (as the doctor did in this case) “terminate the pregnancy” in lue of abortion because it sounds much gentler to the uneducated. Well let me educate you:

abor·tion (ə-bôr’shən) noun:
The termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus; especially: the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy. (Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.)

The “pregnancy” is now said to be terminated, when the actual termination is the life of an unborn child.  We even have things like the drug Plan B for when contraceptives “fail”.  The drugs are said not to be the abortion pill because it does not terminate an existing “pregnancy”.  The problem is that the definition of pregnancy in these cases means Medical Definition of Pregnancy: “period of time between fertilization of the ovum (conception) and birth, during which mammals carry their developing young in the uterus (see embryo).” See Columbia Encyclopedia entry on Pregnancy.

What about before the baby is implanted? Is it somehow less than human prior to that? If not human, what is it?

This should bring much light onto our new President’s stand on the Infants Born Alive Protection Act. How any man, let alone the American President can vote against such a thing is unconscionable.


Responses

  1. [...] What is a “Botched Abortion” and Why the Outrage? [...]

  2. Learn how to spell… Then “educate” me with your biased rhetoric. Thanks

  3. Something that is considered legally ‘quick’ is… living; alive. Yes, the intent was to provide an abortion [to terminate the life of an unborn child] but when the child was: separate from the mother, alive on its own and existing… this changes the legal definition. It would no longer be an abortion, since there was a birth of a human child involved, and by willful neglect [of an extreme prejudice exercised] a death occurred. This case will set a new legal precipice to slide from… and the descent of morality is overt and in our face. It is a word game of verbosity and ignorance to make the claim [or simply say],”Why the outrage?”

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