Aborted baby born alive at Greater Bakersfield Hospital

The Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of a baby born alive during a botched abortion at Greater Bakersfield Hospital in California in 1973:

“April 1973, Greater Bakersfield Hospital, Bakersfield, California: A 4 ½ pound infant was born live following a saline abortion (induced by an injection of salt solution) performed by Dr. Xavier Hall Ramirez. Informed by phone, Dr. Ramirez ordered two nurses to discontinue administering oxygen to the baby.  His instructions were countermanded by another doctor; the baby survived and was placed for adoption. Ramirez was indicted for solicitation to commit murder. His attorney argued that a medical order based on medical opinion, no matter how mistaken, is privileged. Dr. Irvin M. Cushner of the University of California at Los Angeles, later to become a top health policy official in the Carter administration; testified that it was normal for Ramirez to expect the delivery of a dead or certain to die infant as the result of a saline abortion.”

“Abortion: The Dreaded Complication” by Liz Jeffries and Rick Edmonds, Philadelphia Inquirer Aug 2, 1982:

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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