Emergency responders in Malaysia made a gruesome discovery Tuesday when they found the body of a late-term aborted baby covered with filth inside a septic tank.
Harian Metro reports police in Melaka, Malaysia arrested two people in connection to the discovery.
The 23-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend, presumably the baby’s parents, are accused of buying abortion drugs online, using them to abort the unborn baby and then dumping the baby’s body in the septic tank at their home in Kampung Kandang, according to the report.
The unborn baby was approximately five- to seven-months gestation, meaning he or she may have been viable, the report states.
The Star reports Padang Temu Fire and Rescue Department Chief Fireman Ramli Abu Bakar retrieved the baby’s body with the help of his team.
When they opened the tank, he said it was full of toxic gas and had a horrible smell, but they could not see the baby’s body. Bakar said he was getting ready to go into the tank when another fireman noticed the baby’s remains stuck in a hose connected to the tank.
“The remains were covered in sludge, and we informed police officers,” he said. “Our hearts sank to see a baby’s remains in such condition.”
Police said they began investigating Tuesday after receiving a report from the woman’s employer about suspicious behavior.
Melaka Criminal Investigation Department Chief ACP Mohd Nor Yhazid Idris said they found evidence that the woman bought abortion drugs online through Facebook and WhatsApp, and they seized her cellphone for further investigation.
Police said the man confessed to dumping the baby’s body in the septic tank after his girlfriend gave him the body wrapped in plastic.
The woman is being treated at a local hospital, and both she and her boyfriend are facing charges, according to the report.
It is not clear what abortion drugs the woman allegedly took, but abortion activists are pushing the online sale of abortion drugs all across the world.
The abortion drug mifepristone is used to abort unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy in the U.S. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that abortion facilities give mifepristone to women in person. However, some states allow telemed abortions, in which the woman “meets” with a doctor over a webcam but never sees them in person. About 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S. are drug-induced with mifepristone and a second drug, misoprostol.
Though abortion activists claim they are safe, abortion drugs are dangerous for the mother as well as her unborn baby. The abortion drugs have been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications.
Risks of mifepristone and misoprostol, the most common abortion drugs taken together to abort and then expel an unborn baby from the womb, include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection, hemorrhage and death.
A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20% for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6% for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.
Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent.”