Testimony of an Emergency Room Nurse

Robert B. Baral is an emergency room nurse and paramedic. He discussed why he is pro-life in this article.

“About 20 years ago, when I first began working in emergency health care, I was stunned at how many of my coworkers were alcoholics. I soon learned why. Few lay people outside of health care can understand the untold lifetimes of memories – both of nightmares and of miracles – that health care workers carry with them. I will share one of those nightmares that haunts me still with you.

I once had a paramedic backup request from a basic ambulance unit for a “woman bleeding vaginally.” I recall it was a dirty, run down walk up in a dirty, run down city. The cops and EMTs were already there. My partner and I entered the run down apartment to find a young female sitting on a mobile “stair chair.” The cops and EMT guys were a bit worried for the girl, who was maybe 15 tops. Our men were just about to start the carry down to the ambulance, never an easy task in these older dwellings.

The patient looked just fine. Her vitals from the EMTs were ok. The guys were concerned because they found a lot of blood around the apartment. She was fully clothed. The girl made it clear that she was not interested in having a pre-hospital ob/gyn exam done by a bunch of male ambulance techs, and we were not interested in forcing ourselves upon her.

Since this was not a life-threatening emergency, had we done so against her will, we would have been guilty of assault & battery, and worse… She said nothing to us about why she was bleeding vaginally – at least nothing about what we were soon to discover…

I was just on the verge of telling the guys to ship he off to the city hospital emergency room without our help, as she didn’t need medic care.

Suddenly, one of the cops motioned to me to come over to the bathroom. I went in and he pointed to a dirty bathtub. In the tub was a newborn dead baby, with the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck and body, in a clear plastic bag, covered with blood. The cop and I looked at each other without speaking.

So now we knew the cause of the young girl’s vaginal bleeding. She had recently given birth, but had not told any of our men when they asked her what was up. The baby was stone dead and long past working the child up as a code.

As we in health care appreciate all to well, it is easy to instantly see if someone is “stone cold” dead. The blood pools according to gravity to create dependent lividity.

The skin is room temperature to the touch. The muscles tighten in the “death grip” of rigor mortis, leaving the body “stiff as a board.” Such was the case here. This was a crime scene for the Medical Examiner’s eyes, so we pleased to be spared the added misery of having to call the ER doctor for a pronouncement.

All I remember next – and this was maybe 17 years ago – was I walked back out to the room where the patient was. I just stared at her and our eyes met – not in judgment or harshness, but just in shocked, dumbfounded disbelief. I said nothing and neither did she.

Women bleed vaginally when giving birth – as is well known – no biggie for EMS or ER purposes unless the blood loss is life-threatening. We were not needed here. I dispatched the girl off to the city hospital E.R. with a nod to our men.

For our maybe 2 or 3 minutes of time, my job on this case was happily done – except for the paper work, of course… We were thankful for not having to hang around on this one! From what I remember we found out, it was a normal birth long before any of us got to the scene. The young teenage mother-never-to-be just didn’t want the baby, so she murdered the child by suffocation with the plastic bag.

One by one, our men went in and then quickly out of the bathroom to see the newborn dead baby, with the umbilical cord wrapped around its poor little body, covered in blood, in a clear plastic bag, sitting on the bottom of a filthy tub.

I often relive this particular nightmare memory as if it was just now happening, and I am standing in that filthy bathroom reaching down to that poor dead baby. It sometimes plays in my mind over and over in nearly frozen slow motion – a living hell nightmare that I can’t shake out of. Strange, but throughout nursing school, we never really learned much about abortion. My first full-time job as an emergency room nurse was at a large urban teaching Catholic hospital. It was there I first really learned about the gruesome medical and nursing details and facts of how different abortion procedures “terminate” unborn babies; how there is no such thing as a “safe and painless” abortion; what horrid risks and after effects women suffer because of abortion. This was vital knowledge for us, as many post-abortion women in distress sought our help in this poor community under the Cross of Christ on top of our hospital.

I am happily no expert, but here is a very brief medical/nursing background on abortion. This is not the place to get into the unpleasant details on the subject:

Abortion techniques include the RU-486 pill; Suction Aspiration; Dilation & Curettage (D&C); Dilation & Evacuation (D&E); Prostaglandin Amniotic Injection; Saline Amniotic Injection; Urea Amniotic Injection; Intracardiac Fetal Poison Injection; Dilation & Extraction (D&X) – aka “Partial Birth Abortion”; Induced Labour Abortion – aka “Live Birth Abortion.” Different techniques are often combined in mid and late term abortions. (1,2,3,4)

Immediate medical/nursing complications include retained “Products of Conception” (POC’s); life threatening bleeding; pain; infections; uterus, bowel and bladder puncture; cervix lacerations; occasional death; the aborted baby being born alive. Future medical/nursing complications include higher rates of breast cancer; ectopic pregnancies; placenta presentation births; miscarriages; sterility; infant cerebral palsy. Future psychological/social complications include increased depression; suicide; drug abuse; alcohol abuse (Post Abortion Syndrome). (4,5,6,7)

National stats on abortion complications in America are thought to be highly under-reported due to limited regulation of the abortion industry and lack of uniform medical/nursing standards of data collection and reporting to government authorities. (7)

Many post-abortion women came to us in terrible suffering, pain and fear. I remember uncontrolled vaginal bleeds, “retained” fetal tissues, septic infections, uterine surgical emergencies, tears, sorrow and regret of many such young women, most just single teenagers. And of course, there were the social, mental and spiritual injuries post abortion – not to mention the known long term complications of body, mind and soul – that these young women were to suffer long after my brief care of them in the ER.

I have recently read of the horrors of “born alive” abortion babies, where women have abortions, but the “complication” of the baby being delivered alive arises, and how such babies are left to die. When I read of testimony of one nurse of those monstrous scandals of one particular American hospital that bears the name “Christ Hospital” (taken over by a secular, big chain health care system), I remembered that case of the dead newborn baby in the bathtub so many years ago. “Born alive” abortion babies aren’t suffocated with plastic bags, but rather are just left without nourishment, warmth or care to expire of “natural causes” to complete such botched abortions. (3)

I fondly remember being present with my wife when my daughter was born some years ago. I often relive the great joy and happiness I felt when I saw our baby being born. I remember when my wife was first pregnant, we were a scared young couple on our own. We considered an abortion. We even made an appointment and walked around the block past the clinic. I never stop thanking Heaven above that we never went in to that abortion clinic for that appointment….

Sometimes, I remember that dead little baby in the bathtub many years ago and cry in my soul for the child. I sometimes light a candle for that murdered newborn baby. Once in a while, if I have a few beers, and I remember that dead little newborn baby, I shed a tear.

When I think of the 40 million plus abortions done in America, I also cry in my soul. (8) For comparison, Hitler murdered 13 million civilians; Mao 20 million; Stalin 20 million. (9) Sometimes I light a candle for all those murdered unborn babies, victims of the American holocaust genocide of abortion. Once in a while, if I have a few beers, and I think of all the terrible documented suffering of aborted babies – and of their mothers and fathers never-to-be, I shed a tear.

I have studied pictures of aborted babies on the internet. (10) I am haunted by what I not infrequently have collected from ob/gyn patients in distress – both post abortion and also from miscarriages – as an E.R. nurse, “Products of Conception.” I recall various “POC’s” that testified to my own eyes the obvious truth, “This was a little human being.” After having studied about the various different abortion procedures, I was left stunned as to the barbarity of it all. I have even read of the selling of aborted baby body parts, tissues, organs and cadavers and am left in shocked disbelief that our nation has stooped to such coldness beyond description.(11)

The murder of babies – born and unborn – is the surest sign of a nation’s depravity, wickedness and loss of humanity. Those of us in urban emergency health care know best of this directly….

Understanding the connections between abortion and the devaluation of human life, and their negative medical, nursing, psychological and social impacts on women, babies and society is vital to help stop the murder of babies in America, both born and unborn.

The spiritual costs of abortion upon our land and people can not be calculated in human words. I pray, “May GOD have mercy upon us for such evils, in JESUS’ Name, Amen.”

Respectfully Yours,

Robert B. Baral

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1. “Abortion Methods.” www.lovematters.com/methods.htm.

2. “How Are Abortions Done?” Heritage House ’76, Inc. 1998. Snowflake, AZ. 1-(800)-858-3040. www.heritagehouse76.com.

3. “Hearing on HR 4292, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2000.” US House Committee of the Judiciary. July 20, 2000. www.house.gov/judiciary/stan0720.htm.

4. “Facts About Abortion.” CareNet. 2001. Sterling, VA. 1-(703)-478-5661.

5. “”You’re Getting an Abortion – What Can Happen to You?” Heritage House ’76, Inc. Snowflake, AZ. 1-(800)-858-3040. www.abortionfacts.com.

6. “Abortion Risks Higher Than Expected – Breast Cancer, Infertility, Suicide Rates Higher, Yet Under-Reported.” De Veber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research. April 22, 2002 Press Release. ww.deveber.org/press-release-eng2.html.

7. “Abortion’s Physical and Emotional Risks.” Concerned Women of America. www.cwfa.org/library/2000-02_pp_a-risks.shtml.

8. “Abortion Statistics by US State, Race, Age and Worldwide Statistics.” Abortion TV. www.abortiontv.com/AbortionStatistics.htm.

9. “Lethal Laws! Government Genocide Campaigns…” Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Hartford, WI. 1-(262)-673-9746. www.jpfo.org/L-laws.htm.

10. “Abortion Pictures.” Abortion TV. www.abortiontv.com/AbortionPictures1.htm

11. Partial Birth Abortion – A Way to Obtain Intact Body Parts To Sell.” Concerned Women for America. 10/20/1999. www.cwfa.org/library/life/1999-10-20_pr_pba.shtml.

12. “The Holy Bible – Authorized King James Version, The Scofield Study Bible.” Oxford University Press, NY. 1945.

13. “America’s GOD and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations.” William J. Federer. Fame Publishing, Coppell, TX. 1994. 1-(800)-404-FAME.

This article is from Abortiontv.com It was posted on 6/27/2002

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