Autopsy Determines Baby Killed in Teen’s Self-Abortion With Pencil Was a Boy

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 9, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Autopsy Determines Baby Killed in Teen’s Self-Abortion With Pencil Was a Boy

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 9
, 2010

Stroudsburg, PA ( — Officials in Pennsylvania have conducted an autopsy on the body of the unborn child killed in a bizarre self-abortion that saw a 13-year-old teenager use a pencil to cause the abortion. The Monroe County Coroner’s Office issued a ruling today indicating the unborn child was a boy.

The teen girl subjected herself to the abortion after her much-older 30-year-old boyfriend victimized her in a reportedly consensual sexual relationship lasting a year.

The boyfriend, Michael James Lisk, of Kunkletown, is believed to be the father of the unborn child, then buried the body of the dead unborn child after the abortion was completed.

Police indicated Lisk put the baby’s body in a plastic shopping bag and buried the bag in a wooded area alongside a road between his house and the girl’s.

Coroner Dave Thomas, according to the Morning Call newspaper, ruled the death as intrauterine fetal demise. That means the unborn baby boy died in his mother’s uterus at some point between pregnancy and before birth.

Thomas would not rule on the specific manner of death and would not estimate how old the boy was in the pregnancy at the time his mother took his life in the self-induced abortion.

The abortion reportedly occurred last Wednesday and the Morning Call indicates Lisk allegedly retrieved the bag containing the body of the unborn child from the ground after the teenager threw it near a tree.

Lisk is in Monroe County Prison under $50,000 bail and he faces 100 counts of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The newspaper indicates he also faces one count of concealing a the death of a child and abuse of corpse.

The newspaper indicates police records show the teen had the abortion last week but became very ill over the weekend and eventually delivered the body of the dead baby boy on Saturday. Lisk allegedly helped her deliver the stillborn child.

Lisk told police the couple had sexual relations "too many times to count" and said he believed he was the father of the unborn child. He dug up the remains of the baby after police questioned him.

The unnamed teenage girl has not been charged and is receiving therapy.

Bryan Kemper, the head of Stand True, a pro-life group reaching out to youth and young adults, informed of the incident and commented on it.

He said it would not have ever made the news had the girl used an abortion drug and aborted the baby at home instead of engaging in a self-induced abortion.

"I am sure this story probably has most people wanting to vomit and cry at the same time as their hearts break for this little girl. I would also guess however that many of those same people would not even bat an eye if her method of killing her child had been a RU 486 prescription from the local Planned Parenthood," Kemper said.

"I would goes as far as saying many would praise her for making such a brave choice," he added. "The method of killing the child should not matter."

About abortion advocates and their reaction to the story, Kemper said: "I can also hear the spin now, ‘this is why we need safe and legal abortion,’" — even though abortions are already legal and are supposed to prevent such self-induced abortions.

Kemper says he’s glad Lisk was arrested and hopes he is brought to justice for his alleged crimes.

"If the girl had gone to Planned Parenthood he would probably still be raping her as I doubt they would have turned him in," Kemper explained.


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