Leading pro-life advocates joined a rally today at the offices of abortion doctor Cesare Santangelo of Washington, D.C, who was exposed on a recent undercover video telling a 24-week pregnant woman that in the unlikely event that an abortion resulted in a live birth, “we would not help it.”
“[T]echnically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive, but it probably wouldn’t,” he said in a way to reassure the woman who was working for the undercover group Live Action.
“We will be calling on the abortion industry to stop the #inhuman attack on women and their children. And we will be calling on Santangelo’s center to be delicensed and for Santangelo to be prosecuted,” Lila Rose of Live Action told LifeNews before the event.
“It is an unacceptable and inhumane tragedy that within blocks of the White House, children can legally have their lives brutally ended – or casually be left to die without care,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List and one of the pro-life leaders who joined.
Dannenfelser told LifeNews: “To be in considered a perinatal intensive care patient in Virginia – versus medical waste right across the Potomac. If this is not rank discrimination and unspeakable cruelty, what is? The nation’s capitol is a good place to begin in enacting lifesaving protections for unborn children. As the country’s attention turns to this matter, it is also the appropriate time for the Congress to address its role in protecting human rights for children around the time of their viability.”
Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest joined as well.
“Roe v. Wade did not give abortionists the right to abandon infants struggling for life just because they survived an abortion attempt,” she said. “The right to life is the basic foundation of any civil society. Americans United for Life challenges Big Abortion to join us in working for legal protections for infants born alive during botched abortions and for clinic regulations protecting women and girls. This should be an area of bi-partisan agreement.”
Yoest told LifeNews: “The Big Abortion industry and their allies argue that commonsense regulation of abortion will infringe on ‘access’ – My question to them is: ‘Access to what?’ Access to the ‘house of horrors’ run by Kermit Gosnell? Access to substandard conditions that would shut down any other medical facility? Access to STDs from filthy instruments, or fatal injuries and infection? Abortionists do not have a Constitutional right to injure and kill women and girls in filthy conditions sold as medical care.”
She added: “The consequences of ignoring the harm that can come from unregulated abortion clinics are obvious. Abortion clinics should be regulated like the medical facilities they claim to be, and be required to provide humane medical care to newly born children.”
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Other leading pro-life advocates to participate in today’s rally included Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion; Jill Stanek, prominent pro-life blogger; Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life, and others who joined together to protest the Washington, D.C. doctor’s acknowledgement of infanticide as a possibility when a child survives an abortion.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) has introduced the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would ban abortion in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks gestation, based on scientific research that shows unborn children feel pain past that point in development. Currently in the District, abortion is permitted for any reason until the moment of birth.