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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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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