Death by drowning

"Death by drowning" Continued...

Issue: "MS-13: Criminals next door," June 18, 2005

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?

Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent

Lynn is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the best-selling author of 10 non-fiction books.


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