Baby Found Born Alive Outside North Carolina Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
by Steven Ertelt
September 14, 2010
Winston Salem, NC (LifeNews.com) — A baby has been found born alive outside a local Planned Parenthood abortion facility in North Carolina. A staffer at the abortion center found the child Saturday morning placed in a bin outside the building and reported the discovery to local police.
Captain David Clayton tells WMFY news that a preliminary autopsy on the child, who has since died, found the baby was placed near the Planned Parenthood alive.
The baby was a newborn white girl and was found wrapped in a blanket with a diaper on and wearing a one-piece outfit.
He believes the child’s mother intended to abandon the infant safely under the state’s "Safe Surrender" law. Similar to statutes in almost every state, the law is intended to reduce the number of infanticides by encouraging women who intend to abandon an infant to do so at a police station or hospital where the baby can receive medical care and be placed for adoption.
The Infant Abandonment Act, passed in 2001, allows parents to leave infants less than seven days old with a responsible adult at designated "safe havens" without facing criminal prosecution.
Clayton told the television station officials are still determining if the mother "followed the intention of the law, but not the letter of the law." The mother cannot leave the child unattended as was the case here and he indicated she has yet to be found.
"We don’t know who placed the baby at Planned Parenthood or when it was done," said Clayton. "We just don’t know."
The Winston Salem Journal newspaper says Dr. Donald Jason, who performed an autopsy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, says it will take three weeks to determine the cause of death.
He said the baby was born a few weeks prematurely but he couldn’t answer other questions until the test results come back.
Melissa Reed, vice president of policy for Planned Parenthood Heath Services in Raleigh, told the newspaper that the abortion center was closed on Saturday following the baby abandonment.
She also said staff at the abortion business were able to receive counseling following the incident — which drew guffaws from pro-life nurse and blogger Jill Stanek.
"Only in this crazy world where we pretend abortion clinics don’t kill children would" counseling be necessary, she said.
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