Sometimes aborted babies are accidentally born alive. The abortionist then faces an awkward situation. The baby is supposed to be dead. That is what the mother is paying him for. It is not surprising that many babies who manage to hold on to life through a brutal abortion procedure end up dying shortly after birth, either by neglect or by deliberate acts of violence.
A European woman who works as a physician has come forward with a chilling anecdote. She claims to have overheard a doctor give instructions on how to kill a baby if he or she survived an abortion. In a document entitled “Late Term Abortion & Neonatal Infanticide in Europe: Petition for the Rights of Newborns Surviving Their Abortion” (which can be found in its entirety here). Dr. D.F. gives the following testimony. The incident took place while she was still a medical student.
At the guard in the delivery room, a woman was in labor as part of an abortion on medical grounds at 5 months pregnant. The birth was imminent, and the gynecology interns were prepared. The senior gynecologist of the guard who is about to return to her bed, approaches the interns and said in a low voice, but loud enough for me to hear: “If the child is breathing on arrival, you press hard here on the trachea [airway] until it completely stops breathing,” and turning to me: “And you, you did not hear anything.”
At five months, a preborn baby is fully formed. He or she can taste changes in the flavor of the amniotic fluid and may jump at sudden loud noises. The baby at this stage also feels pain — including the pain of being strangled after birth.
It is unknown how many babies have actually been born alive in the abortion facility and killed by strangulation.
In case you don’t think such a thing could happen in the United States, think again. There has been a documented case of an abortionist strangling to death a baby born alive after an abortion here.
In March of 1977 a baby girl was born alive after an abortion at Westminster Community Hospital. Abortionist Dr. William Baxter Waddill had injected saline solution into the abortion patient’s womb to kill her baby, then induced labor. The baby was supposed to be delivered dead. Somehow, the seven-month-old baby girl survived the injection.
Waddill was not in the clinic when the baby was born. When nurses heard the baby, who had been thrown into a bucket, start to cry, they had no idea what do to. They called their supervisor, who called Waddill at home.
When Waddill arrived, he strangled the baby girl to death. Witnesses heard him exclaim in frustration “This baby won’t stop breathing!”
When the killing of the baby came to light, Waddill was taken to court and faced a jury. After two mistrials, the judge dismissed the charges. Waddill walked out of the courthouse a free man and went back to doing abortions. It is unknown whether he strangled any more babies in the privacy of his facility, though he was never accused again.
It is unbearably sad that a doctor was able to kill a seven month old baby before witnesses and not be punished, and that such practices go on today in at least one foreign hospital. With the Kermit Gosnell case and the testimonies of abortion facility workers working for Douglas Karpen in Texas, we know similar killings have happened many times since 1977, many in very recent years.
Unless witnesses are willing to come forward, prosecutors are willing to press charges, and juries are willing to convict, we have reason to believe the practice of killing babies born alive in abortion facilities will continue.