Ohio pro-life leaders called for an investigation Wednesday after a second-trimester aborted baby’s body was discovered in a dumpster at a northeastern Ohio abortion facility.
During a press conference, Denise Leipold, executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, said a pro-life volunteer found the baby’s mangled body in the trash about a month ago at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls.
The volunteer with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society found the baby’s body wrapped in a blood-stained surgical sheet with its left leg, left foot and right hand fully intact, Leipold said. Other parts of the baby’s body were badly mangled and crushed, the results of a brutal dismemberment abortion, according to state pro-life advocates.
“This heartbreaking situation puts the reality of abortion on full display,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Abortion is not empowering. It is the violent and bloody ending of a baby’s life. Our hearts are broken by what this helpless child suffered.”
Pro-life advocates estimated the baby was between 16 weeks and 17 weeks gestation, and a photo displayed at the press conference showed that the baby’s foot was about 1 inch long. Northeast Ohio Women’s Center advertises abortions up to 15.6 weeks on its website.
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Leipold said the baby’s body is in the custody of a funeral director, and they hope to provide the baby with a dignified burial at some point in the future.
Along with the baby’s body, she said the pro-life volunteer found used urine cups, soiled suction cannulas, bloody blue surgical papers and other items that appear to be infectious waste, a possible violation of state environmental hazard and disposal regulations.
Items with patients’ names and contact information also were discovered in the trash – likely HIPAA violations, Leipold said.
She said these findings clearly “violate several Ohio statutes, not to mention violating the dignity of the child.”
Pro-life advocates are working with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to determine if the abortion facility also violated the Ohio Unborn Child Dignity Act, a 2020 law that requires abortion facilities to provide a humane burial or cremation for aborted babies.
“It is a tragedy that a woman can legally choose to end the life of her preborn child,” Leipold said. “It may be legal, but that doesn’t mean it is morally or ethically right. The discovery made at this abortion facility only proves the disregard for the sanctity of life, along with a total disregard for the law, and the wellbeing of our community.”
Northeast Ohio Women’s Center and its staff have a long history of health and safety violations, and pro-life leaders urged state authorities to investigate the latest findings.
Gonidakis said pro-life advocates are working together to ensure that, while abortion remains legal, every child will at least receive “the dignity in death that he or she was not afforded in life.”
“Abortion is a blight on our state and its legality speaks against any moral high ground our society could claim to have,” he said. “We will do everything in our power to hold the abortion industry accountable for their actions.”
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, expressed disgust that children are violently killed and then treated like trash at abortion facilities.
“This baby found in the NEOWC trash has suffered the greatest injustice that can be inflicted upon any human being,” Miller said. “The child is a rejected human person, rejected by his or her own mother, sliced apart in an unspeakable act of violence, and then literally treated as trash! We must expose this atrocity. It is so painfully obvious that such killing should be a crime and made illegal.”
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