“Dr. Kermit Gosnell is not an aberration,” said Lila Rose, the president of Live Action, a group of pro-life undercover filmmakers. She was introducing a new undercover video that shows the horrors described in Gosnell’s trial “are business as usual for the abortion industry in America. Nationwide, it’s just another day at the office.”
While the two videos released thus far in Live Action’s new series “Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Late-Term Abortion Industry” don’t capture any of the sadistic B-movie horror theatrics that made Gosnell’s trial so stomach-churning, they do reveal a callous disregard for children “born alive” during late-term abortion procedures. This is precisely the situation that our abortion-radical president, Barack Obama, insisted should not be addressed through legislation to protect the life of the born-alive child when he was an Illinois state senator. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t have anything to say about the Gosnell trial – the biggest abortion story of the decade – when he became the first sitting President to address Planned Parenthood last week. (Full video and excerpts of Obama’s speech are available here.)
In the first “Inhuman” video, taken undercover at a clinic in the Bronx – where abortion is legal up to 24 weeks – an abortion clinic staffer makes it very clear that she knows she’s talking about the abortion of a fully -formed 6-month baby. Then she talks about drowning a born-alive infant in a jar of solution to make it stop “twitching.” She makes it clear the clinic won’t trouble its prospective customer with sonograms, or any discussion of the procedure’s target as a “child” or “baby.” And if the baby is born alive at home before the late-term abortion procedure can be completed, the staffer cheerfully advises the expectant mother to flush it down the toilet.
“I don’t know why you want to talk about all this,” the clinic staffer says. “Just do it!”
Another staffer at the same clinic takes the possibility of an infant being born alive, and thus acquiring defensible human rights, much more seriously – but her description of the very fine line between an acceptable clinical “termination” within the mother’s body, and the killing of an infant born alive just a few inches outside the womb, highlights the inherently dehumanizing nature of late-term abortion. She’s very insistent upon use of the word “terminate” instead of “kill” to describe what happens to the target of a legal late-term abortion.
The second “Inhuman” video comes from Washington, D.C., where an abortion doctor talks about leaving born-alive infants to die. He claims such a situation has never actually occurred at his clinic, but allowed that women sometimes go into labor outside the clinic during the early stages of a late-term abortion procedure.
“Technically ??? you know, legally – we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive,” Dr. Cesare Santangelo says of born-alive infants. “But, you know, it probably wouldn???t. It???s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point. Let???s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know? Then we would do things ??? we would ??? we would not help it. We wouldn???t intubate.”
“It would be, you know, uh, a person, a terminal person in the hospital, let???s say, that had cancer, you know?” the doctor continues. “You wouldn???t do any extra procedures to help that person survive. Like ???do not resuscitate??? orders. We would do the same things here.” Of course, one of the salient differences between born-alive infants and terminal cancer patients is that the latter willingly sign those “do not resuscitate” orders. The target of an abortion, on the other hand, is not asked for his or her consent in the termination procedure. The doctors at regular hospitals seem well aware of this distinction, because Dr. Santangelo concedes that hospital doctors – unlike him – would work to help a born-alive infant survive.
There’s also a small but chilling moment early in the conversation where Dr. Santangelo almost refers to the target of the abortion procedure as a “person,” but catches himself and says “fetus” instead.
Lila Rose of Live Action accused these doctors and clinic workers of violating federal laws protecting the rights of born-alive infants, calling for their prosecution, and the termination of their clinics. “It is time to stop infanticide in its tracks, and the only way to do that is to bring justice for these babies born alive but left to die,” she told LifeNews.
Whatever the divided national opinion on early-term abortions might be, it’s clear enough from these undercover videos, and the Gosnell trial, that late-term abortion is a dehumanizing process. Anyone with a minimally functional moral compass should recoil from the thought of medical doctors standing idle while live babies die, or drowning them in jars of toxic solution. And as the second staffer in the Bronx Live Action video explains, the difference between a born-alive infant protected by law, and a “fetus” which can be “terminated” legally, is a matter of moments and inches. Even people who regard themselves as “pro-choice” should be reluctant to ride the abortion express to this final, terrible destination, when the cost of a ticket includes the sacrifice of so much common sense and humanity.