Evidence that a baby may have survived a botched abortion on Friday in Phoenix, Arizona has pro-lifers praying and asking for answers.
Pro-life Arizona reported learning that a city fire department transported a baby from the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic on North 7th Street to the Banner University Medical Center on Friday afternoon.
“The baby was reported to be 21 weeks along (gestation) to the termination clinic, but when they removed the baby from the mother’s womb, the ‘fetus’ was breathing. A 9-1-1 call was made from clinic staff, firefighters responded and worked … to save the babies life,” according to the group’s Facebook page.
Phoenix Fire Department Captain Ardell Deliz confirmed that they did transport a patient from the North 7th Street facility to the hospital on Friday afternoon; and another spokeswoman from the fire department said the patient was a baby, according to The Arizona Republic. However, the facility houses several medical practices as well as the abortion clinic, the report states.
The news outlet said other local officials will not comment on the story:
A nurse at the clinic said she could not confirm or deny the incident. Two members of the company that operates the [abortion] clinic, according to state corporation records, have not responded to repeated requests for comment.
A spokeswoman from Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly Banner Good Samaritan, would not confirm Friday night that such a patient existed, citing privacy laws. Just before 11 p.m. Saturday, spokeswoman Jodie Snyder issued this statement: “Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix is not caring for a baby that survived an abortion procedure, as cited in media reports.”
On Saturday night, about 45 pro-lifers held a prayer vigil outside of the hospital to pray for the baby, who they named Chava, which is Hebrew for “life,” the report states. Others protested outside of the abortion clinic earlier that day.
“We were told that the baby was alive, and so we are here praying for the health of the baby. We are here to pray for the mother who certainly was not expecting this,” Tonya Gruszynski, executive director of Life Choices, told the news outlet.
Gruszynski said they also are praying that the abortion clinic staff will recognize the value and humanity of unborn babies and stop doing abortions.
Though abortion advocates deny that babies survive abortions, LifeNews has documented dozens of cases of babies who were miraculously born alive after failed abortion attempts. Abortion survivors Melissa Ohden, Gianna Jessen and Claire Culwell are just a few examples. The three women are strong pro-life advocates who speak across the country about how their lives are valuable, even though they almost were killed by abortionists.
The federal government also confirms a number of babies survive failed abortions. In 2011, the CDC recorded 1,298 cases of infant death in the U.S. due to “Other perinatal conditions,” which includes ICD-10 category P96.4, death subsequent to a failed “termination of pregnancy.”