Authorities in South Africa discovered a gruesome collection of aborted babies’ body parts inside a Pretoria doctor’s freezer this week.
The Times Live reports police made the horrifying discovery while they were investigating the doctor for allegedly performing an illegal botched abortion. Police said they found 22 aborted babies’ bodies and body parts stored in a chest freezer at the doctor’s office.
One police officer described the discovery as a “nightmare.”
Police said they arrested the doctor Tuesday after learning of the alleged botched abortion that resulted in a woman being hospitalized. The doctor, who is not named, reportedly was practicing medicine even though she lost her medical registration. She is charged with possession of human body parts and illegal possession of scheduled medicine, the report states.
Abortions are legal up through 20 weeks in South Africa, but the country still has a huge problem with illegal “back alley” abortions, according to the report.
“There’s absolutely no enforcement to stamp this out,” Mzukisi Grootboom, chairman of the SA Medical Association, told the newspaper.
Grootboom explained that part of the problem is a belief that private doctors are better than state doctors, and sometimes people do not know when private “doctors” are practicing illegally.
Here’s more about the situation:
Eddie Mhlanga, the Mpumalanga health department’s obstetrics and gynaecology specialist, said that for every natural miscarriage or abortion in a hospital, five women were admitted to a hospital because of complications from illegal abortions.
The Health Department’s abortion figures show that, in the 2012-2013 financial year, 89,124 legal abortions were performed.
The department’s own officials and private health experts have slammed the department and criticised state hospital managers for their role in the proliferation of backstreet abortion clinics.
The horrifying discovery is hauntingly similar to the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering three newborn babies and contributing to the death of a female patient at his “house of horrors” abortion practice. When authorities raided Gosnell’s abortion facility, they discovered a gruesome collection of aborted babies’ bodies and body parts in freezers, empty cat food containers and jars on shelves. (see below)