Apr
29
2013

Late-term abortion (aka infanticide): bigger problem than typically reported?

Before we get started, let me be clear: the article that Melinda Henneberger wrote makes it clear that her personal answers to both questions were identical to mine, and probably had the same faint taste of vomit in the back of her mouth. But the Washington Post itself? …Yeah, I think that it’s hoping for a different answer for the second one.

Are there more abortion doctors like Kermit Gosnell?

…Yes, there are.

And do we want to know?

…Yes, we do.

As I noted, Melinda has some hard questions about the not-very-tacit-at-all coverup of the Gosnell atrocities, including this one: “But if the overarching goal is first, last and always protecting women’s health, why didn’t the National Abortion Federation inspector who turned down Gosnell’s membership application report the unsanitary conditions and safety violations she saw there?” It’s a question that has no good answer… assuming, of course, that you’re accepting abortion providers’ assurances as to what their overarching goals are. If you don’t, well… check out this second Live Action video that came out today (via Hot Air).

A partial transcript: the person quoted is one DC abortionist Doctor Cesare Santangelo.

“Technically – you know, legally we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive. But, you know, it probably wouldn’t. It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point. Let’s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know? Then we would do things – we would – we would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate. It would be, you know, uh, a person, a terminal person in the hospital, let’s say, that had cancer, you know? You wouldn’t do any extra procedures to help that person survive. Like ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. We would do the same things here.”

Ed Morrissey demolishes this argument by noting that “the difference, of course, is that patients usually choose the “Do not resuscitate” order for themselves.” Like it or not, that is legally a human being at that point. The statements made by Dr. Santangelo makes a mockery of his own jurisdiction’s rules on DNR orders… unless, of course, the man is formally filling out and signing the paperwork ahead of time (“verbal orders are not valid”)*.  Which I doubt that this doctor is doing, considering that said paperword would be Exhibit A in his medial malpractice hearing, or possibly his criminal trial.

So, yeah, we need to investigate matters more.  Because people apparently lie about how many late-term abortions they’re doing.  And that’s not acceptable.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Also: according to the DC Board of Health, minors are not allowed to authorize do-not-resuscitate procedures.

6 Comments

  • acat says:

    And we’re surprised .. why?
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    Bart Stupak lied too.
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    Mew

  • Crawford says:

    ISTR the courts occasionally taking a child away from parents who won’t provide adequate medical care.

  • earlgrey says:

    It is amazing to me how callous people on Pro-Choice side are being about this and the impacts these procedures had on women and of course their little babies.

    • Spegen says:

      They don’t care, the devil needs his sacrifices. I must becoming more despondant, because that is how I am beginning to feel about Planned Parenthood and its ilk, just a bunch of cultists sacrificing the innoncent to their evil overlord. Either that, I was inspired by the Cthulu poster from earlier today

    • acat says:

      Of course.
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      History repeats. Look at the attitudes in certain parts of Germany in, say, 1944.
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      Mew

  • Herp McDerp says:

    Experts say it is exceedingly rare for a live birth to result from an abortion attempt. Santangelo and other doctors said they have never witnessed it.

    Experts say it is exceedingly rare for bank robbers to actually steal any money. Willie Sutton and other robbers said they have never witnessed it.

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