Abortion Survival Case Highlights Obama Not Enforcing Anti-Infanticide Law

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Survival Case Highlights Obama Not Enforcing Anti-Infanticide Law

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 29
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The case of an unborn child in Italy who survived a failed abortion attempt and lived two days after doctors left him to die is raising questions about a law to prevent that in the United States. A nurse who discovered live-birth abortions says she doesn’t think the Obama administration is enforcing the law thoroughly.

As LifeNews.com reported, a 22-week old disabled boy survived an abortion attempt in southern Italy, but doctors left him to die afterwards and he survived for two days before passing away.

The boy’s mother was pregnant for the first time but decided to have an abortion after prenatal scans suggested the unborn child was disabled.

Jill Stanek, a former nurse at Christ Hospital outside Chicago, knows something about these kinds of situations.

She exposed the practice of live-birth abortions — where doctors would purposefully birth an infant prematurely and allow the baby to die via medical neglect and lack of proper care.

Stanek says the case isn’t confined to Italy.

"The story was heartbreaking, more so because I know without a doubt babies his age are surviving their abortions every day across America and getting similar treatment," Stanek said. "I would even venture to say this is a worldwide epidemic."

"For instance, only last week I spoke at length after a pro-life event with an L&D RN who told me babies survive their abortions at her hospital, and doctors pressure nurses to give them 0-0 APGAR scores," Stanek explained, "in other words, chart that the babies were born dead when they were not."

Stanek complains that the Obama administration is not properly enforcing a national law President George W. Bush signed after she exposed the live-birth abortion practice that ensures doctors and medical staff are required to provide proper medical care and treatment to babies who survive failed abortions or purposeful premature delivery.

"We have a Born Alive Infants Protection Act that is not being enforced," the nurse said, something she calls "incredibly frustrating and painful."

Stanek says she has spoken with representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services who informed her the enforcement of the law is report driven. As such, federal officials will do nothing to enforce the law unless a report is received alleging its abuse.

HHS officials "refused to proactively query" hospitals and abortion businesses to ensure enforcement.

"Yet hospital and abortion staff won’t report what they know. Even if they do, we saw with the baby Shanice case in Hialeah, Florida, that viability becomes an issue to prosecutors, when whether one would live or die if not murdered is absolutely irrelevant," Stanek said.

Stanek also condemned the fact that, in the Italian case, doctors diagnosed the unborn child as having a cleft palate and lip — something easily corrected in a surgery and not a legitimate medical reason for an abortion.

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