45 babies born alive after abortions in Mt. Sinai Hospital

C. Everett Koop learned the following from Medical World News, November 14, 1977:

“One series of 607 second trimester abortions from the Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, resulted in 45 live births including one set of twins. None of the baby survived more than 13 hours.”

C Everett Koop The Right to Live, the Right to Die (Wheaton, Illinois: Living Books, 1988) 34

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Doctor discusses abortion where one twin was born alive

From William J. Sweeney III, MD, an ObGyn who was practicing when Roe vs. Wade was decided:

“… The saline we inject normally kills the baby, so it’s born dead. But there’s already been one case involving a woman who was carrying twins: when her doctor injected saline into one sac, one baby came out dead and another baby came out alive. The doctor knew she had twins. Usually the substance from one amniotic sac passes into the other sac. But this time it didn’t. What must that woman have felt? The second baby finally died, but the question remains, what should a doctor do if its alive?  Are you asking him – or me – to drop it in the bucket?”

William J. Sweeney III, MD, Barbara Lang Stern Woman’s Doctor: A Year in the Life of an Obstetrician-Gynecologist (New York: Morrow & Company, 1973) 207-208

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Abortionist: Why turn yourself in when a baby is born alive?

On reporting Live births from abortion:

“It’s like turning yourself in to the IRS for an audit. What is there to gain?”


Liz Jeffries and Rick Edmonds “Abortion: The Dreaded Complication” Philadelphia Inquirer Aug 2, 1981

This abortionist says there is “nothing to gain” by revealing that a baby was born alive after a botched abortion in his clinic.

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Doctor tells interns to strangle baby if born alive after abortion

A doctor identified as Mrs. D.F recounts the following incident, that took place when she was an intern:

“At the guard in the delivery room, a woman was in labor as part of an abortion on medical grounds at 5 months pregnant. The birth was imminent, and the gynecology interns were prepared. The senior gynecologist of the guard who is about to return to her bed, approaches the interns and said in a low voice, but loud enough for me to hear: “If the child is breathing on arrival, you press hard here on the trachea until it completely stops breathing,” and turning to me: “And you, you did not hear anything.”

Grégor Puppinck PhD (Dir.), Claire de La Hougue PhD, Andreea Popescu, Christophe Foltzenlogel “Late Term Abortion & Neonatal Infanticide in Europe” Petition for the Rights of Newborns Surviving Their Abortion ECLJ (European Centre for Law and Justice) June 2015

5 months
5 months
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Medical Journal documents babies aborted alive

An article in the prestigious American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed:

“In a single locale, scrupulous records kept over a 5 month period revealed 27 births by abortion – not a single month went by without at least one; and as many as 3 babies a day weighing up to 3 lbs. 6 oz. were delivered alive from legal abortions.”

G Stroh and A Hinman “Reported Live Births Following Induced Abortion: 2 ½ Years’ Experience in Update New York” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 126(1)83-90, Sept 1, 1976, no 126


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Baby born alive at Florida clinic, no charges filed

An anonymous call tipped off investigators that a baby was born alive after an abortion at a Florida abortion clinic. When authorities went to the clinic, they could not find a body. It was later revealed that workers had hidden the body by throwing it on the roof of the clinic. It was determined that the baby was born alive.

When asked if the clinic would be prosecuted, Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague said:

“There are lots of questions that medically I don’t have the answer to yet. You’re talking about a fetus that could be aborted legally.”

Even though the baby was born alive, charges were never pressed. Authorities said the baby was too young to have had a good chance at living a normal life should the child have been given medical treatment.

Pro-Life activist Jill Staneck said:

“In no other homicide investigation do you wonder how long would this person have lived had she not been murdered.”

Susannah A. Nesmith, David Ovalle and Jacob Goldstein “Fetus’ age key to possible charges against Hialeah abortion clinic: Prosecutors looking into the case of a Hialeah abortion clinic where a baby was born alive are weighing whether to file criminal charges”  Miami Herald Sep 17, 2006

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Pro-choice reporters exposed to reality of abortion during abortionist’s testimony

An article in The Irish Times tells how pro-choice reporters were made uncomfortable by testimony from an abortionist at the Kermit Gosnell trial. Gosnell was convicted of murder for killing babies born alive after abortions as well as a woman who died at his clinic.

The article is about pro-choice reporters’ reaction to the testimony of abortionist Dr Karen Feisullin:

“The jury and many in the courtroom shifted uncomfortably as they heard about “tools going up into the uterus and basically pulling parts out . . . an arm or a leg or some portion of that”.

And those were the easy, early abortions. For later procedures, Dr Feisullin explained the foetus was so well-formed that it couldn’t be ripped apart in the uterus. It was normally removed – through the birth canal – completely intact. But, as Feisullin explained, a baby born at 23 weeks has a 40-50 per cent chance of surviving. To avoid a live baby coming out during an abortion, the doctor demonstrated how, before the abortion, a poison – potassium chloride – was injected through the woman’s stomach directly into the baby’s heart. This would stop the heartbeat, allowing the foetus to be pulled out intact.

Dr Feisullin was asked what would happen if she missed the heart and the baby was born alive.

She explained that the live baby would be covered with a blanket and given “comfort care”.

You could see the genuine puzzlement of people in the court about what “comfort care” was until Dr Feisullin cleared up any confusion.

“You . . . really just keep it warm, you know. It will eventually pass,” she said.

Steve Volk, a Philadelphia-based journalist for an alternative newspaper who described himself as comfortably pro-choice before the trial, said that, as Dr Feisullin spoke, his fellow reporters all checked if they had heard correctly.”

Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer “Ann McElhinney: Abortion campaigners should be careful about what they wish forThe Irish Times Nov 10, 2015

22 to 24 week preborn baby
22 to 24 week preborn baby
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Former US Surgeon General: 45 of 607 babies were born alive

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., tells of live births after abortions:

“Although technically the result of legal abortion, each foetus expelled alive because of prostaglandin lives for several hours…One series of 607 second trimester abortions from Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, resulted in 45 live births including one set of twins. None of the babies survived more than 13 hours.”

C. Everett Koop The Right to Live, The Right to Die (Life Cycle Books, Toronto, 1980) 34

Quoted in “ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

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Textbook describes abortion method where child is born alive

A textbook documents a type of abortion where babies are removed alive. This type of abortion, performed like doing a C-section, is rarely done today, but has been done in the past.

“After the first trimester, the traditional abortion technique consists of injecting a hormone-like substance (prostaglandin) or a saline solution into the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus. When all other methods have failed, a hysterectomy is performed. This procedure is essentially a caesarean section and may result in the fetus being born alive.”

Lewis R. Aiken Dying, Death, and Bereavement, 4th ed. (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001), 195

Second trimester baby – 16 weeks
Second trimester baby – 16 weeks
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Midwife: a baby was born alive after abortion every three weeks’

In one hospital:

“In 1985, one midwife is reported to have confirmed that her unit had ‘one [live] baby born under 28 weeks every three weeks’ (Nursing Times, 24 July 1985, p. 5). Another midwife confirmed that viable births resulting from abortions were posing serious problems, not least that of forcing midwives and medical staff to ‘decide how to dispose of live babies’

Megan-Jane Johnstone, Bioethics: A Nursing Perspective, 3rd ed. (Sydney, N.S.W.: Harcourt Saunders, 1999), 283

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