if baby is born alive 'they do not resuscitate'
Abortion worker caught on video: if baby is born alive 'they do not resuscitate'
PHOENIX, May 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The pro-life organization Live Action today released a third undercover video in which employees at a late-term abortion facility in Phoenix, Arizona, admit that they would leave a newborn, struggling for life after a failed abortion, to die, and describe in graphic detail the process of performing a late-term abortion.
The undercover video also shows an ultrasound technician at the clinic taking multiple measurements of the pro-life investigator's unborn baby after the first measurement shows that the baby is 24 weeks gestation, past the legal limit for abortion in Arizona.
This is the third in a series of undercover videos exposing what Live Action says is the "illegal and inhuman" practices of late-term abortion centers.
When asked by Live Action's undercover investigator what would happen if the baby were to survive the abortion, Linda, an abortion center counselor at the Family Planning Associates Medical Group, admits they would not help the baby survive:
Linda: Sometimes they are [alive], yeah. But it doesn't-it doesn't necessarily mean that it will come out whole. ‘Cause they use suction, plus they use instruments so sometimes the fetuses don't come out-you know, it's not complete...
Investigator: But if it does come out whole...I mean, are-will they resuscitate it? Like, will I have to take care of it?
Linda: Uh-uh... No... They do not resuscitate.
"This video is just the latest evidence of a disturbing and horrifying trend occurring inside America's abortion industry," said Lila Rose of Live Action. "The horrors of the Kermit Gosnell trial are a widespread problem in this industry. Dismembering and destroying innocent children, leaving born babies to die, injecting poison into the chest of a tiny child so that he slowly dies in his own mother's womb - this is all standard operating procedure in the abortion industry. But these children are human beings. They have the same basic human rights and deserve the same protections all of us enjoy."
In the video, abortionist Laura Mercer tells an undercover Live Action investigator who is 24 weeks pregnant:
We do the injection, which is a quick poke through your belly, um, and that stops the fetal heart, so that makes it so, if you were to deliver, there shouldn't be movement. There shouldn't be any of those things... Yes we induce a demise-an intrauterine demise... Um, death.
Then the Live Action investigator asks whether an ambulance should be called if the mother goes into labor during the two-day procedure. Dr. Mercer instructs the investigator not to call:
Dr. Mercer: No, call us first...if you showed up in an average emergency room with an emergency room physician who's not a gynecologist, probably has never seen or done a termination, they will treat you as though you are somebody with a desired pregnancy...
Investigator: So, they would basically like try to take care of it.
Dr. Mercer: Right they would intervene and do all kinds of crazy things that you don't need to have done to you...
In a statement Rose condemned what she called the "barbaric, inhuman, and deeply disturbing" practices espoused by Dr. Mercer and the late-term abortion center staff at Family Planning Associates Medical Group.
"The testimony we've documented in this abortion facility strongly suggests that staff there are committing infanticide," she said. "The Family Planning Associates Medical Group needs to be investigated immediately, and delicensed. Women are at risk during these brutal procedures, and this is a matter of life and death for these children."
Earlier in the week, Live Action released videos of a Bronx, NY abortion counselor describing how a born-alive baby would be placed in a jar of toxic "solution" to ensure death, and of a D.C. doctor who would leave a baby born alive after a botched abortion to die.
Rose is calling on authorities to investigate and prosecute Dr. Mercer and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group.