Joshua Vandervelden

A lawsuit filed suit on behalf of Joshua Vandervelden alleged that Dr. Benjamin Victoria attempted to perform an abortion on Linda Moie on January 12, 1979, at Fox Valley Reproductive Health Care Center in Wisconsin.

The abortion injured but did not kill the fetus (Joshua), who was born September 18, 1979.

Joshua spent two weeks on a respirator. According to the suit, the abortion caused hearing loss.

The suit was struck down by the court on the grounds that Linda consented to the abortion. Linda appealed, but the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s refusal to hear the case.

After the lawsuit was struck down, Linda Noie, Joshua’s mother, called the case a “victory” because its high profile has allowed people who have undergone a traumatic abortion “to come out from behind closed doors” to discuss their suffering. Noie now leads the WI chapter of Women Exploited by Abortion and often takes Joshua with her when speaks out against abortion.

According to reports, mother and son sometimes picket the clinic where he was aborted.

Sources: Dennis Roddy “Living Proof” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 22, 2000

Christina Dunigan “Pro-Choice Pro-Child? Joshua Vandervelden”

State Report “Wisconsin: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Abortion-Battery Case” 11/2/93 Madison Wisconsin State Journal


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Lauren Pullium

Seventeen-year-old Kristen went to Birthright for a pregnancy test. When the result was positive, she cried. Her mother spent the next few days reassuring Kristen that she’d help with caring for the baby, or with an adoption plan, but not with abortion. Kristen became withdrawn, and her mother became concerned. She learned that a friend had encouraged Kristen to go to Planned Parenthood.

After speaking with Planned Parenthood staff, who assured Kristen that she didn’t need her parents’ permission to abort, Kristen decided to schedule the abortion. Her parents pleaded with her. The day of the abortion, Kristen left the house in silence. Kristen’s mother, Pat Pulliam, said, “Our home seemed a tomb.”

Four weeks after the abortion, when Kristen returned to Planned Parenthood for a checkup, she learned that she was still pregnant. The staff recommended that she schedule a second procedure, but Kristen instead rushed home. Her mother called Planned Parenthood, but nobody would speak to her.

Kristen then went to an obstetrician for a checkup. He performed an ultrasound, and told her that the baby was a girl. Kristen and her mother looked at the ultrasound and everything seemed fine to them, but the doctor told them that the baby had abnormalities. He asked Kristen to reconsider abortion, but after having heard the baby’s heartbeat, Kristen refused.

Kristen’s mother took her to a pro-life obstetrician, who told them that the baby was “destined to be born.”

Lauren Pulliam was born one month early, weighing six pounds. She was perfectly healthy. “Our daughter was in labor only twenty minutes,” says Kristen’s mother. “The baby was six pounds and absolutely perfect in every way….Our lives will never be the same.”

Source: Christina Dunigan

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Ximenia Renearts

Sometimes abortions fail. Abortionists can make mistakes. Sometimes a pregnancy is further along than they think. For whatever reason, sometimes a baby survives an abortion attempt and is born alive.

Ximenia Renearts is an example of a child who survived an abortion attempt but was left with crippling disabilities. On December 12, 1988, 22-year-old Nadine Bourne had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Bellingham, Washington. The doctor who did her abortion told her that she was between 14 and 16 weeks pregnant. . Four days later, she went to the hospital.  She was suffering from complications including fever and racing heartbeat. She was admitted to the hospital.

The next day, to the surprise of the doctors, Nadine gave birth to a baby girl while sitting on a toilet. Her pregnancy had been far more advanced than 16 weeks. The little girl weighed 3 pounds, large enough to be in the third trimester. Exactly how far along Nadine was when she had her abortion will never be known for sure. What is known for sure is that the baby was not killed in the abortion, and was instead born alive.

The nurse on duty when the baby was born, Vera Wood, did not call a resuscitation team or attempt to treat the infant. Even though the child was whimpering and gasping, the nurse decided to leave the baby alone in a room where dead fetuses were stored after abortions. The baby lay alone in a bedpan for 40 minutes. All this would later come out in court after an attorney representing the child and her adoptive family sued the hospital.

After 40 minutes the nurse called the night nursing supervisor, who finally provided warmth and oxygen to the baby. However, the 40 minutes the child was left cold and gasping for air permanently damaged the baby’s brain. She became severely mentally handicapped and suffered brain damage including cerebral palsy.

The baby was named Ximenia Renearts and adopted. Unfortunately, she’s a quadriplegic and her brain has developed only to the point of the three-year-olds. Had she been treated properly and given medical care, there is a good chance she may have been normal. There have been two investigations of the case, but no charges were ever filed against the nurses on duty or the hospital. Many people attribute this to pro-abortion bias in the court system, and the belief that many pro-choice members of law enforcement and the judiciary would rather the case just go away then receive national attention.

Ximenia’s family filed a lawsuit against the hospital and settled out of court for $8 million. This money was used to build a handicap accessible home for the child to live in and to care for her through adulthood.



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