Dr. Martin Haskell was at the center of another live birth controversy. In the National Review article “Dismemberment and Choice” by Michael R. Heaphy, a possible live birth is described by University of Cincinnati student Yvonne Brower. Brower called up Dr. Haskell for permission to witness abortions because she was working on a term paper. She witnessed these abortions on September 21, 1989.
Later, she filed a complaint with police.
The following is an excerpt from the police report:
She stated that by 11 o’clock she had already observed two “D&E” three-day procedures on two patients. She stated on the third patient, however, the abortion was different …. The patient’s water was already broken and she spontaneously gave birth prematurely before the proper D&E procedure could be done. She stated that the baby was delivered feet first very quickly through the birth canal. The head was on its way out when Dr. Haskell reached over and got his scissors and snipped the right side of the baby’s common carotid artery.
Even then, the report reads, the baby wasn’t dead.
The complainant stated that the baby was still moving when she looked at it once again …. it was breathing shallow breaths, as was evidenced by the chest moving up and down. She stated that she could also observe the baby’s hand having slow, controlled, muscular movements, unlike the short jerky twitchy motions she had seen and learned to expect when the baby was already dead before it came out of the birth canal.
Dr. Martin Haskell described the abortion (in The Dayton Daily News) as follows:
“it came out very quickly after I put the scissors up in the cervical canal and pierced the skull and spread the scissors apart. It popped right on out …. the previous two, I had to use the suction to collapse the skull.”
It was Brower’s word against the abortionist’s. No charges were filed.Share on Facebook