Late-term abortionist ‘ignores’ dying patient

Officials for Operation Rescue, one of the cutting edge pro-life organizations in the U.S. ever since it bought an abortion clinic to shut it down and convert the building into its pro-life headquarters in Wichita, are reporting the death of a woman in Maryland after her “medical procedure” went wrong and the abortionist couldn’t be reached.

The name of the victim, who was 33 weeks pregnant, was as yet unavailable, but Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for OR, said trusted sources had described the death of the 29-year-old woman after Leroy Carhart, who does late-term abortions out of the Germantown Reproductive Health Services, started the procedure and then was unreachable when there were complications.

The woman ultimately died at a local hospital, Sullenger’s source confirmed.

The 29-year-old apparently was undergoing a multi-day procedure used by late-term abortionists, Sullenger said.

“Sidewalk counselors saw her every day from Sunday to Wednesday. She appeared, later in the week, to be pale and weak,” Sullenger told WND today.

Early Thursday, there were complications, including chest pain and other discomfort, and the woman tried to reach Carhart but he was unavailable, the source reported. The woman then was transported to a local emergency room by her family where emergency workers also tried to reach Carhart, unsuccessfully.

The complication, apparently bleeding into the abdominal cavity, got worse, and she “coded,” or had her heart stop, six times, Sullenger’s source confirmed.

Emergency room doctors ultimately were unsuccessful at reviving her.

The source, who insisted on anonymity, reported an investigation into the death has been launched.

“We believe this incident supports our belief that this is a dangerous abortion procedure,” Sullenger told WND. She said it involves a shot that kills the unborn baby, and then the abortionist leaves the mothers unmonitored.

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Have You Seen the 2004 Michelle Obama Letter Endorsing Partial-Birth Abortion?

Here is the letter:

Ethicists Argue in Favor of ‘After-Birth Abortions‘ as Newborns ’Are Not Persons’

Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to should be the termination of a newborn.

Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in “circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”

The two are quick to note that they prefer the term “after-birth abortion“ as opposed to ”infanticide.” Why? Because it “[emphasizes] that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child.” The authors also do not agree with the term euthanasia for this practice as the best interest of the person who would be killed is not necessarily the primary reason his or her life is being terminated. In other words, it may be in the parents’ best interest to terminate the life, not the newborns.

The circumstances, the authors state, where after-birth abortion should be considered acceptable include instances where the newborn would be putting the well-being of the family at risk, even if it had the potential for an “acceptable” life. The authors cite Downs Syndrome as an example, stating that while the quality of life of individuals with Downs is often reported as happy, “such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.”

This means a newborn whose family (or society) that could be socially, economically or psychologically burdened or damaged by the newborn should have the ability to seek out an after-birth abortion. They state that after-birth abortions are not preferable over early-term abortions of fetuses but should circumstances change with the family or the fetus in the womb, then they advocate that this option should be made available.

The authors go on to state that the moral status of a newborn is equivalent to a fetus in that it cannot be considered a person in the “morally relevant sense.” On this point, the authors write:

Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’. We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her.

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Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life. Indeed, many humans are not considered subjects of a right to life: spare embryos where research on embryo stem cells is permitted, fetuses where abortion is permitted, criminals where capital punishment is legal.

Giubilini and Minerva believe that being able to understand the value of a different situation, which often depends on mental development, determines personhood. For example, being able to tell the difference between an undesirable situation and a desirable one. They note that fetuses and newborns are “potential persons.” The authors do acknowledge that a mother, who they cite as an example of a true person, can attribute “subjective” moral rights to the fetus or newborn, but they state this is only a projected moral status.

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Democrats Ignored Abortionist Storing 17 Babies in Freezer

A new newspaper report that further investigates the actions of abortion practitioner Steven Chase Brigham finds a Democratic New York State attorney general refused to follow up on grisly discoveries investigators found.

As LifeNews has reported, Steven Chase Brigham and Nicola Irene Riley have been charged with murder related to the deaths of viable babies at an illegal secret abortion clinic that the pair operated in Elkton, Maryland. Brigham is currently in the custody at the Camden County Jail in New Jersey and Riley was arrested and is currently in the process of being extradited to Maryland.

Brigham was charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of second-degree murder. Riley was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. The charges are the result of a Grand Jury investigation. While late-term abortions are not illegal in Maryland, those who kill viable babies killed in the commission of crimes can be charged with murder in that state under the state’s unborn victims law.

Brigham operated a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, even though he had no license to practice in that state. He hired Riley to do late-term abortions there and at his abortion clinic in Baltimore. Brigham would start the late-term abortions at his office in New Jersey, then caravan the laboring women to Elkton where the abortions would be completed. The clandestine abortion scheme was discovered after a woman suffered a life-threatening botched abortion in August, 2010. When police raided the Elkton abortion clinic, they discovered the remains of 35 aborted babies, one of which was 33 weeks gestation.

The Times Union newspaper has dug further into the case and discovered that “state investigators discovered 17 frozen fetuses in 1996″ at a Brigham abortion facility in New York.

“The discovery was part of a broader investigation by the New York attorney general’s office, which declined to pursue criminal charges related to allegations that late-term abortions, in violation of New York’s fetal homicide law, were being performed at the Colonie clinic then owned by Dr. Steven Chase Brigham,” the paper reports. “At the time, investigators said there was evidence that Dr. Mark Binder, who worked for Brigham at the Central Avenue facility, American Women’s Services, had performed abortions on fetuses that exceeded 24 weeks.”

However, charges were never bought against Brigham and John Meekins, a former assistant attorney general who worked the case, told the newspaper he “encountered political pressure against the investigation from the Albany Democratic machine, including a judge who had ties to the Colonie clinic’s landlord.”

Meekins said, “In fact, I spoke to an undertaker and he said he picked up the body of a child there that looked to him like it was fully developed. I couldn’t get any confirmation of that,” Meekins said, but the newspaper indicates “a health department report refers to a coroner describing one of the fetuses as appearing in size to be about 7 or 8 months.”

The New York case resulted in the revocation of his medical license in that state but no criminal charges even though investigations detailed case after case of botched abortions and other miseries, describing what amounted to a shop of horrors operated by Brigham that also crossed state lines. Brigham would insert laminaria in late-term patients at his office in Voorhees, New Jersey, then transport the women to New York for completion of their abortions.

Had the New York attorney general filed charges in connection with the apparently illegal late-term abortions, Brighman’s later exploits may have been prevented.

Brigham was released on January 6, from the Cecil County Detention Facility after posting a $500,000 bail with a combination of personal assets and the use of a bail bondsman.

Read more here.

Maryland Abortion Horror Leads to Murder Charges

In Elkon, Maryland, two abortion doctors were filling ice chests with viable human beings. Local authorities are aghast after discovering freezers full of fetuses, some full term, in a clinic in Elkon County. The doctors accused of disposing of viable infants are Dr. Steven Brigham and his associate Dr. Nicola Riley. The duo was arrested subsequent to difficulties that arose after they “performed part of an abortion in New Jersey [and] then transferred the patient to Maryland” to complete the procedure.

After exercising her reproductive rights, an 18-year-old woman suffered complications and was taken to the hospital. Maryland officials were alerted that something illegal might be going on in Elkon, “searched the abortion clinic looking for [the women’s] medical records, but they found something else in the freezer” – discoveries eerily similar to the Gosnell Women’s Medical Society “house of horrors.”

Apparently, Brigham and Riley would “start” the abortion process in New Jersey, where the state laws are more restrictive. Then, in order to circumvent New Jersey’s late-term abortion limitations, women would be shuttled to a secret Elkon County clinic where the ‘late-term’ portion of the abortion procedure is legal.

Admittedly, it does take a strong constitution and a high level of commitment to flout the law and believe so much in a woman’s right to choose that you’d be willing to conceal the crime by filling a freezer with dead fetuses. And while some may view killing full-term babies as ghastly, it’s really just abortion with a Dr. ‘Death’ Kevorkian twist.

In pro-choice circles, regardless of how grisly it may seem to others, women reserve the right to seek out doctors like Brigham and Riley who, like Gosnell and Tiller, are willing to go the distance to ensure the freedom and dignity of women wishing to exercise autonomy over their own bodies.

Unfortunately, now neither Brigham nor Riley enjoys the freedom or dignity they sought to provide others. Subsequent to the discovery and autopsy of three dozen frozen fetuses, Dr. Brigham has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. His cohort, Dr. Riley, faces one count each of first- and second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Why? Because although Maryland supports a woman’s right to have a late-term abortion, there’s a catch. Maryland is one of 38 states with a fetal homicide law, and unlike many other states, does not “define when it is too late to perform an abortion.” However, under a 2005 Maryland law, “it is illegal to abort a fetus deemed viable, or showing signs of healthy development,” which would seem to be a good definition of “when it is too late to perform an abortion.”

Hailing from the Garden and Beehive states, the irony was lost on Brigham and Riley as they stuffed fetuses into the freezer. Were they unaware of Maryland’s “viable, or showing signs of healthy development” clause?

Either way, somewhere along the line someone put two and two together and figured out that nine-month-old fetuses, also known as babies, are generally able to survive outside the womb. So, if 36 dead children end up in a freezer, 13 of whom were said to be full term, there’s a good chance one or two of them could have complicated matters by daring to be born alive.

Babies “breathing unaided” after an abortion is a crucial detail, which may explain why the two crusaders for choice are presently in police custody awaiting extradition to Maryland from Camden County, NJ and Salt Lake County in Utah.

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HBO to Celebrate Murderer in Wichita

Writer/producer Alan Ball is changing genres from vampires, but he is sticking to the ghoulish.

The producer of TV’s True Blood and Six Feet Under is scheduled to serve as executive producer of a one-hour HBO drama, Wichita, about the life of the late abortionist, George Tiller.

The script will be based on a 2010 GQ article by Devin Friedman, “Savior vs. Savior.” Although the article is more or less objective in tone, it is factually adrift. Here Friedman describes the two kinds of women who would typically queue up for a late-term abortion at Tiller’s clinic.

The fetal-indication patients thought only about their babies. The other women, those who were in such emotional anguish that they thought they would kill themselves if their babies were born — these women wanted nothing to do with the fetuses.

By “fetal-indication,” Friedman means those women whose babies would survive childbirth only barely, if at all, and would be doomed to a short, unpleasant life thereafter. In reality, they made up a very small but highly visible part of the Tiller practice.

The great majority of Tiller’s patients fell into the second category, the presumably despondent and suicidal. Indeed, to justify a late-term abortion on a viable baby in Kansas, two independent physicians had to attest that without the abortion, the woman in question would die or suffer “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.” Since a late-term abortion solves no physical problem, virtually all of these women were judged by Tiller to be susceptible to a “substantial and irreversible” mental health condition, like suicide.

Read more here.

Schools arrange secret abortions

Schools are helping teenage girls keep abortions secret from their parents. Imogen Neale reports.

A MOTHER is angry her 16-year-old daughter had a secret abortion arranged by a school counsellor.

Helen, not her real name, found out about the termination four days after it had happened. “I was horrified. Horrified that she’d had to go through that on her own, and horrified her friends and counsellors had felt that she shouldn’t talk to us,” she said.

She had suspected something was wrong, but her daughter insisted her tears were over everyday teenage dramas.

But Helen confronted her daughter’s friends, who said the counsellor had taken the girl for a scan and to doctors. “I didn’t know that they could do that.”

Helen said teachers could discuss how a student was doing in school or phone parents when their child misbehaved, but would then keep life-changing situations such as abortions secret.

Her daughter had since told her the counsellor “wasn’t very forthcoming” with advice. The counsellor did ask the girl if she had talked to her parents, but never pursued it.

Helen said follow-up counselling for her daughter was “nonexistent”. She concedes patient confidentiality is a tricky issue and said her child feared she’d be disowned. “She’s come to realise that’s not the case. But if you’re responsible for them, surely you should be told.”

Helen has been too upset to approach the school. “Afterwards I was too wild, and I probably still am.”

Another mother who was worried for her 15-year-old daughter “hit a brick wall” when she approached the school, and eventually discovered it was a friend of her daughter’s who had undergone an abortion. “But I went through the horror of knowing that under the legislation, they did not need to say anything to me.”

One teacher told the Sunday Star-Times she had seen parents become “absolutely livid” after finding out they had been kept out of abortion decisions.

She knew of a Year 13 student who had had two abortions – one with her parents’ knowledge, and one without.

Read more here.