Aborted baby born alive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The article “Abortion: The Dreaded Complication” by Liz Jeffries and Rick Edmonds, Philadelphia Inquirer Aug 2, 1982 documented the following case.

“July 1979, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Dr. Boyd Cooper delivered an apparently stillborn infant after having ended a problem pregnancy of 23 weeks. Half an hour later the baby made gasping attempts to breathe, but no efforts were made to resuscitate it because of its size (1 pound 2 ounces) and the wishes of the parents. The baby was taken to a small utility room that was used, among other tings, as an infant morgue. Told of the continued gasping, Cooper instructed a nurse, “Leave the baby there- it will die.” Twelve hours later, according to testimony of the nurse, Laura VanArsdale, she returned to work and found the infant still in the closet, still gasping.

Cooper then agreed to have the baby boy transferred to an intensive care unit, where he died four days later. A coroner’s jury ruled the death “accidental” rather than natural but found nothing in Cooper’s conduct to warrant criminal action.”

How many other cases have there been over the years?

Living preemie born at 23 weeks

Living preemie born at 23 weeks


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