Hundreds Protest Clinic That Won’t Revive Baby Born Alive After Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 10, 2013   |   10:11AM   |   Phoenix, AZ

Hundreds of pro-life advocates braved 109-degree heat in Phoenix, Arizona to protest an abortion clinic that admitted in an undercover video that it would not revive a baby born alive following a failed abortion.

Live Action released an undercover video exposing Phoenix, Arizona-based late-term abortion doctor Laura Mercer and an abortion center counselor who would leave a newborn, struggling for life after a failed abortion, to die.

When asked by the undercover investigator what would happen if the baby were to survive the abortion, Linda, an abortion center counselor, admits they would not help the baby:

Sometimes they are [alive], yeah. But it doesn’t–it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will come out whole. ‘Cause they use suction, plus they use instruments so sometimes the fetuses don’t come out–you know, it’s not complete…

Investigator: But if it does come out whole…I mean, are–will they resuscitate it? Like, will I have to take care of it?

Linda: Uh-uh… No…They do not resuscitate.

Live Action’s Kate Bryan tells LifeNews about a massive rally the pro-life group put together that saw hundreds of people protest at Family Planning Associates Medical Group, the abortion facility in question.

Live Action traveled to Phoenix, AZ to demand answers from Family Planning Associates Medical Group, where our investigators recorded staff promising that “they will not resuscitate” a baby born alive after a failed abortion. Dr. Laura Mercer described in chilling detail the late-term abortion process: “We literally go in and grab and pull pieces out.” After a pause, she followed up “That’s a little more graphic than I usually describe it.”

The “Stop the Killing” rally, brought hundreds of people together against the violence of abortion and was covered by a great deal of media outlets. Our “Stop the Killing” rallies are a part of our Inhuman investigative release and have given pro-lifers across the nation an opportunity to stand with Live Action and participate in our work to expose the horrors of the abortion industry.

We continue to push for an end to the inhuman practices of the abortion industry, an end to this unregulated industry, and an end to abortion in America.

Arizona Inhuman Rally

It’s time for our elected officials and state health departments to listen. And we’re confident that the legislators who attended the rally in Arizona are prepared to take our message to the state house and fight for the equal rights of all people, regardless of their development or location.

We, at Live Action, are so grateful to everyone at the Center for Arizona Policy for all of their help and guidance in making the Arizona Inhuman rally a tremendous success. And we would also like to thank Silent No More, the Foundation for Life and Love, and Senator Nancy Barto (AZ-15) for sharing their testimonies during the rally.

Arizona Inhuman Rally

The best news out of all of this? Live Action has more rallies planned, so hopefully you can join us at one of the next ones.

In the video, the abortion practitioner Mercer tells an undercover Live Action investigator who is 24 weeks pregnant:

We do the injection, which is a quick poke through your belly, um, and that stops the fetal heart, so that makes it so, if you were to deliver, there shouldn’t be movement. There shouldn’t be any of those things… Yes we induce a demise–an intrauterine demise… Um, death.

Then Live Action investigator asks whether an ambulance should be called if the mother goes into labor during the two-day procedure. Dr. Mercer instructs the investigator not to call:

No, call us first…if you showed up in an average emergency room with an emergency room physician who’s not a gynecologist, probably has never seen or done a termination, they will treat you as though you are somebody with a desired pregnancy…

Investigator: So they would basically like try to take care of it.

Dr. Mercer: Right they would intervene and do all kinds of crazy things that you don’t need to have done to you…

“This video is just the latest evidence of a disturbing and horrifying trend occurring inside America’s abortion industry,” said Lila Rose of Lila Action.

She told LifeNews in a statement: “The horrors of the Kermit Gosnell trial are a widespread problem in this industry.    Dismembering and destroying innocent children, leaving born babies to die, injecting poison into the chest of a tiny child so that he slowly dies in his own mother’s womb – this is all standard operating procedure in the abortion industry.  But these children are human beings. They have the same basic human rights and deserve the same protections all of us enjoy.”

Rose condemned the “barbaric, inhuman, and deeply disturbing” practices espoused by Dr. Mercer and the late-term abortion center staff at Family Planning Associates Medical Group.

“The testimony we’ve documented in this abortion facility strongly suggests that staff there are committing infanticide,” said Rose.  “The Family Planning Associates Medical Group needs to be investigated immediately, and delicensed.  Women are at risk during these brutal procedures, and this is a matter of life and death for these children.”



Rose is calling for Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate and prosecute Dr. Mercer and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group, who admit they violate federal law. Rose also called on local health and law enforcement officials to investigate Dr. Mercer and Family Planning Associates Medical Group and put an end to illegal and inhuman practices.

From the letter to Attorney General Holder: “We urge you, as the U.S. Attorney General, to speak out against this injustice, and to see to it that Dr. Mercer and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group are duly investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. … I hope that you will do everything in your power to speak out for victims of infanticide – both the children and the women – and to protect the human rights of our weakest citizens.”

The Phoenix video came on the heels 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.”  Before that, the pro-life group released a video showing an abortion facility staff member saying an unborn child born alive after a botched abortion should just be flushed down the toilet.