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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The Autoclave Room and Aborted Babies

From former clinic worker Jewels Green:

eight-week-old unborn baby

“Working in the autoclave room was never, ever easy. I saw my lost child in every jar of aborted baby parts. One night after working autoclave my nightmares about dead babies were so gruesome and terrifying and intense I met with the clinic’s director to talk about my feelings. She was very understanding, open and honest, and painfully forthright when she told me, “What we do here is end a life. Pure and simple. There is no disputing this fact. You need to be OK with this to work here.” After a few days rotated out of the autoclave room, I felt I was OK with this, and God help me, I went back.”

Related by Kristen Walker, Live Action blog, July 20, 2011


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Abortion and Concentration Camps

Dr. William  Rashbaum, veteran of thousands of abortions, had for years suffered during each removal a fantasy of the fetus resisting, hanging onto the uterus walls with its tiny fingernails, fighting to stay inside.

How, he was asked, had he managed to perform abortions despite this fantasy?

“Learned to live with it. Like people in concentration camps.”

When asked if he really meant that metaphor:

“I think it’s apt – destruction of life. Look! I’m a person, I’m entitled to my feelings. And my feelings are who gave me or anybody the right to terminate a pregnancy? I’m entitled to that feeling, but I also have no right communicating it to the patient who desperately wants that abortion. I don’t get paid for my feelings. I get paid for my skills… I’ll be frank. I began to do abortions in large numbers at the time of my divorce when I needed money. But I also believe in the woman’s right to control their biological destiny. I spent a lot of years learning to deliver babies. Sure, it sometimes hurts to end life instead of bringing it into the world.”

Norma Rosen “Between Guilt and Gratification: Abortion Doctors Reveal Their Feelings,” New York Times Magazine April 17, 1977 p 73, 74, 78

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A Late Abortion Is “Not Very Nice”

Abortionist John Parsons discusses late term abortion:

21 weeks – abortion is legal at this time

“A late termination is actually not very nice and there is no way of getting away from it, I don’t feel I am doing it for any other reason than for the best of both the mother and the baby.”

He freely uses the term “baby” to describe the children he aborts

ABC.net: Religion and Ethics: 12-28-2005. Quoted by Life Dynamics

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Taking Away Life

unborn baby at nine weeks

Reverend Howard Mooney founded the Clergy Consultation Services before abortion was legalized. This huge network of rabbis, pastors and reverends referred women to abortionists before and after Roe v. Wade. Mooney has had an indirect hand in hundreds of thousands of abortions.

This man of God is quoted saying:

“Conception is life- let’s say that, finally, take that approach- and yes, you’re taking it away. And then we have to develop the rationale for the taking of it, as we develop the rationale for taking life elsewhere- in war, in capital punishment.[asked if he had any regrets] Regrets? About our stand on abortion? No, no, no. Only for the ones we didn’t get to help- and for them, our work is in front of us.”

Don Sloan, M.D. Choice: A Doctor’s Experience with the Abortion Dilemma (New York: International Publishers, 2002) p 166

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A Baby Is Dead

Ron Fitzsimmons, head of the National Abortion Federation, an organization for abortion providers:

16-week-old unborn baby

“Well, when the woman comes in, the fetus is alive. But the doctors that we represent will affect fetal demise in utero. So that means the baby is effectively, you know, dead in the uterus and then the procedure starts.”

Note that he uses the term “baby.”

ABC Nightline, Transcript # 97022601-J07, 2-26-1997

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You See the Baby Moving

“And then to see, to be with somebody while they’re having the injection when they’re twenty or twenty-four weeks, and you see the baby moving around, kicking around, as this needle goes into the stomach, you know.”

Clinic worker Susan Lindstrom, M.S.W.

. Magda Denes, PhD. “Performing Abortions” Commentary Magazine October 1976, 33-37

ultrasound/sonogram at 22 to 24 weeks
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All Killing Isn’t Murder

Abortionist Don Sloan, explaining the morality of abortion to his teenage niece:

“Is abortion murder? All killing isn’t murder. A cop shoots a teenager who appeared to be going for a gun, and we call it justifiable homicide – a tragedy for all concerned, but not murder. And then there’s war…”


nine weeks

Tamara L. Roleff. Abortion: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven Press: San Diego) 1997 p 25


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Dr. Susan Poppema On Partial-Birth Abortion

Abortionist Dr. Susan Poppema on partial-birth abortion:

“They’re saying, `Oh, we think it’s a horrible idea to kill little babies about to be born.’ Well, I’m not going to say I think it’s a good idea either.”

Dr. Poppema supports keeping partial birth abortion legal

24 weeks – partial-birth abortions were often done at this time

Stephen Chapman “Is Partial Birth Abortion Really So Awful?” Chicago Tribune March 23, 1997 p 23


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Always in the Back of His Mind

seven week old unborn baby – the vast majority of abortions are done at this time in pregnancy or later

After talking extensively to one abortionist, author Nancy Dey writes:

“Dr. Ed Jones (pseudonym) says its always in the back of his mind that he is terminating a life.”

Nancy Dey Abortion: Debating the Issue (Enslow Publishers: Springfield, IL) 1995 p 49

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