Anglican Samizdat

April 28, 2010

An abortion horror story

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 2:34 pm

From the Telegraph:

A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly two days later.

The 22-week infant later died in intensive care at a hospital in the mother’s home town of Rossano in southern Italy.

The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.

However the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabria hospital, and was left by doctors to die.

He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.

He found that the baby, wrapped in a sheet with his umbilical cord still attached, was moving and breathing.

The priest raised the alarm and doctors immediately arranged for the infant to be taken to a specialist neonatal unit at a neighbouring hospital where he died on Monday morning.

Italian police are investigating the case for “homicide” because infanticide is illegal in Italy.

The law means that doctors have had an obligation to try to preserve the life of the child once he had survived the abortion.

The Italian government is also considering an inquiry into the conduct of the hospital staff.

The case has reignited controversy on the legality of abortion in the proudly Roman Catholic country.

To kill a baby in the womb is legal; if the baby defies the first attempt to kill it, killing it through neglect once it is outside the womb is homicide.

The law is as profoundly stupid as man is corrupt.


1 Comment

  1. “The law is as profoundly stupid as man is corrupt” – absolutely dead right (can I quote you sometime?). Wasn’t there a law in the US saying that an abortion survivor had to be kept alive, but Obama, while still campaigning, said it would be the first thing he’d do if elected, remove it; causing someone to say that no more evil could a human ever be, than to do such a thing? I don’t know if he did it (they say “strike down” a law); but I’d not be surprised.

    Comment by John Thomas — April 30, 2010 @ 9:41 am

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