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Undercover Video: Abortion Doctor Says He'd Let Born-Alive Infants Choke to Death

6:15 PM, Apr 29, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new investigative video shows a Washington, D.C.-based abortion doctor admitting that if a baby is born alive in his clinic after a failed abortion attempt he would let the baby suffocate on fluid in the child's throat or lungs.

A pro-life activist who is six months pregnant asks Dr. Cesare Santangelo of the Washington Surgi-Clinic, which is located just five blocks west of the White House, what would happen if the baby she's carrying were accidentally born alive during an abortion. 

"Technically – you know, legally we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive.  But, you know, it probably wouldn’t.  It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point," Santangelo tells the undercover activist working for the pro-life group Live Action. "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?  You wouldn’t do any extra procedures to help that person survive.  Like ‘do not resuscitate’ orders.  We would do the same things here.”

Santangelo warns the woman about giving birth to the baby in a Virginia hospital, where medical staff would provide the baby with basic care:

DR. SANTANGELO: We’ve had patients that, you know, on the second day of the laminaria they, they got some contractions and they panicked, and they were in Virginia at the hospital–and they went to the hospital, because they had some pains, instead of calling me, you know? And just went to the hospital. And the hospital helped them to deliver! Which was the stupidest thing they could have done–

WOMAN: Oh my God.

DR. SANTANGELO: You know? Which–you know? And they did everything they shouldn’t have done, which was help them to deliver. They didn’t want to deliver! But, you know, they went to a hospital in Virginia and found some “right to life” type of nurse that helped them to deliver. And they did everything that, you know–this is not what this patient wanted. she didn’t want to have a baby. she wanted to have a termination. But, y’know, you couldn’t talk to this nurse in Virginia, which is, you know, one of the worst states in the country as far as, you know, having an abortion. But, you know, you couldn’t talk to this person, you know? I said, “The woman does not want to have a baby.” “Well, shes having one tonight!” I said, “Well, you know, that’s not your choice!” “Well, she came to our hospital, she’s contracting, and this is God’s will.” “God’s will”? I mean, that’s not what she wants!

DR. SANTANGELO: But, you know, you call me–you have any problems, any questions, anything at all–you’ll be okay.

Intubation is routine medical care for a human being who cannot breathe, but Santangelo reaffirms in a follow-up interview with the Washington Post that he considers such care "extraordinary" for a baby born alive after an attempted abortion. "What I said is, basically I wouldn’t do anything extraordinary," Santangelo tells the Post. "We would call EMS. We would call 9-1-1. But I wouldn’t do intubation or anything. . . . You let nature take its course."

In other words, if you leave a child with fluid in her throat alone for a couple minutes, she will die.

Is neglecting an infant born prematurely and allowing her to choke to death really that much different than the "virtual beheadings" performed by Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his staff?

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