Abortion Provider: Kenneth Edelin

In January of 1975, abortionist Kenneth Edelin, a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Standards Committee, aborted a live and viable 22-week baby boy and then deliberately smothered him.

According to testimony:

“He [Dr. Edelin] “had run his finger around the uterine wall to separate the fetus from the placenta and then stood looking at a wall clock for three minutes before removing the fetus from the uterus.”(1)

In doing this, he suffocated the child.

Here is a picture of a premature infant at 21 weeks. Her name is Kelly and medical professionals successfully fought to save her life.

He was subsequently convicted of manslaughter, but the conviction was overturned because of improper jury instructions.

According to pro-choice author Marian Faux:

“The case was lost in part because, over the defense’s strenuous objections, the prosecution was able to display a larger-than-life-size photograph of the fetus, which had been preserved as evidence.”(2)

This killing did not seem to hamper his career, however; in 1979, he became the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University Medical School, and, in 1990, he became Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

References: Omaha World-Herald, October 19, 1979; Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2, 1981; “Doctor Edelin’s Appeal Postponed Until April.” National Right to Life News, February 1976, page 6; “Edelin Appeal Heard.” National Right to Life News, May 1976, page 15; Dexter Duggan. “Paperback Zeroes In On Questions Ignored By Edelin Media Coverage.” National Right to Life News, February 1977, page 5; “Reaction To Edelin Case.” National Right to Life News, February 1977, page 12; “Dr. Edelin Refuses Face-To-Face Debate.” National Right to Life News, May 1977, page 2; “Edelin Promoted.” National Right to Life News, April 1979, page 4; Edelin is listed as chairman of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Medical Advisory Committee in a 1978 NARAL fundraising letter entitled “Your Town Could Be Next …” Also see “Ppersonalities.” Communique, March 1, 1991, page 4, by the American Life League.

1. Marian Faux Crusaders: Voices from the Abortion Front (New York: Carol Publishing Group) 1990 p 4
2. Ibid.


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