Mother of Baby in Florida Botched Abortion Case Speaks Out About Experience

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 17, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mother of Baby in Florida Botched Abortion Case Speaks Out About Experience

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 17
, 2009

Miami, FL ( — The mother of a baby who was killed in a tragic and bizarre botched abortion case is now speaking out about her experience and the lawsuit she filed against the abortion practitioner. Sycloria Williams gave an exclusive interview to the Florida Catholic after a medical board revoked the abortion practitioner’s license.

In July 2006, Williams sought an abortion at the GYN Diagnostic Center abortion facility in Hialeah, outside Miami.

Williams, 18 at the time, paid $1,200 for the abortion. She had preparatory work done for the abortion on one day and came back the next to complete the abortion procedure.

Instead, she gave birth to Shanice Denise Osbourne, whom abortion facility staff failed to provide medical care for and eventually hid from officials who came to the abortion center to investigate.

Earlier this month, the Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of abortion practitioner Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique after declaring him guilty of medical malpractice.

The panel also found him guilty of wrongly delegating a medical responsibility meant for physicians to unlicensed personnel.

In the interview, Williams said she was "reluctant at first" to have the abortion "but as time passed it became more and more of an option."

After finding out that an abortion at the Miramar Woman Center was more than she could afford, Williams went to Renelique.

"He said that it was a two-day procedure, to take my medicines, and come back the next day. He just said it like one, two, three," she told the Florida Catholic.

Williams said Renelique inserted laminaria and gave her a prescription for Cytotec, a brand of the drug misoprostol that is an ulcer medication and not supposed to be used in association with an abortion.

Williams eventually received a call from the daughter of abortion business owner Belkis Gonzalez and made her way to the A Gyn center to complete the abortion. On the way there, she and her then-boyfriend Shane decided not to complete the abortion.

She received another dosage of Cytotec and waited in her car for the drug to work.

Williams told the newspaper how she recalls the labor intensifying and being unable to comply with requests from the abortion center staff not to deliver her baby, who was born on the couch in the abortion facility.

"When I saw that happen, I jumped off the chair and turned away, facing the wall," Williams said.

"She wasn’t moving much. Twitching, gasping for air. She wasn’t crying though, just hissing. Hissing sounds only," Williams said of Shanice. "I thought it would be a blob thing, but bigger, not a baby," she said. "She looked like a Water Baby. Like those dolls you fill up with water."

"They never said anything to me that would make me think it was a baby. They never said anything like ‘baby,’ ‘fetus.’ Nothing. They only said things like ‘termination’ and ‘pregnancy’ and ‘termination of pregnancy,’" she said.

Williams says Gonzalez, who has no medical training, then came in and took the baby and put her in a biohazard bag.

She told the newspaper that the staff just gave her a pain reliever and told her to calm down and wait for the abortion practitioner to arrive.

Renelique arrived 60 minutes later and no one called 911 or a local medical center for help. The abortion practitioner gave Williams a shot to put her to sleep.

Detectives went to the abortion center after an anonymous tip and later executed a search warrant but didn’t find the baby’s body until six days later.

Now, Williams has changed her mind about abortion and would keep her baby if she had it to do all over again.

"No one should lose their life if you get pregnant," she said. "If I got pregnant again I would have the baby."

"I would tell them not to do it. I’ll say whatever to make them have second thoughts so they don’t do it… There is help out there," she told the Catholic newspaper about what she would tell a woman who was pregnant.

Shanice eventually received a proper burial.

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