2/5/09 – In Florida, a doctor is investigated in a botched abortion:

Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.

This isn’t just botched, it is a non-event.  The abortion had not even taken place.  This baby was delivered and thrown away!  This is murder.  The doctor had his license taken away by the Florida Department of Medicine.  I’m waiting to see if the clinic owner is charged with murder, I’m intrigued that the story mentions that the owner “has no medical license” does it really matter?  They are saying this would have been legal if she did?  I don’t know if Florida has a Born Alive Protection Act, but federally we do, and it should be applied here to justify murder charges.

HT: Elizabeth Crum

Update (3/7/09): Abortion clinic owner arrested.  (HT: Kevin McCullough)

8 comments
  1. The story makes me ill in the fact that it is not getting chronic media attention. I guess since Obama approves of such things (albeit this baby was actually born and not late-term aborted) one can only assume laws like the Born Alive law will be summarily dismissed.

    Keep on top of it Shane… I'll look for it as well, seeing as I am in Orlando.

  2. It looks as if the girl was over the 23 weeks. She may have been 25 weeks or more according to some of the medical reports. Most clinics would have done an ultrascan on the patient to confirm how far along she was.

    As with most fly-by-night clinics, the proper safeguards may not have been in place to prevent this tragedy.

  3. Is no one else going to say anything about how absurd this is from the standpoint of the purported morality of abortion? There are only two differences between the in-the-womb baby and the born-and-thrown-out baby: its location and method of receiving nourishment. So for those who don't think abortion is immoral, why would they care if the baby is in the womb or not? It's the classic Peter Singer argument: if you accept abortion, you have to accept infanticide. Singer does. I don't.

    Who cares, from the pro-abortion standpoint, whether a licensed professional kills the baby in the womb or an 18 year old girl throws the born-baby away.

    Andrew

  4. You are right, for the most part the abortion industry doesn't care. Those who are extreme on this topic don't care. I think that is only way anybody could vote against a Born Alive Protection Act is that they don't care.

  5. State Senator Obama blocked an Illinois version of the Born Alive Protection Act in his committee until the day he got kicked upstairs to the U.S. Senate. The bill was passed almost immediately after his departure. If you think President Obama will enforce the federal statute, you're living in a fantasy world.

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