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?
As we reported yesterday, a speech that Chuck Hagel failed to include in his Senate disclosure was in fact video taped--and the tape still exists! But the group, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), that hosted the Hagel speech said it could take until Friday for the video to be released.
Fox News reported yesterday that Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as the next secretary of defense, failed to “disclose at least two recent speeches on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict” in paperwork filed with the Senate.
I think it's fair to say that pro-life activists could not have conceived of a parody of the pro-choice movement this on target—and yet this is an actual ad produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights:
The Falkland Islands seem to be popping up in the news a lot in the last month. There was the recent death of Sir Rex Hunt—the governor of the territory during the Argentine invasion—and his obituary must be read to be believed. It's like something straight out of an Evelyn Waugh novel.
President Obama made the case to the ladies of The View that we should "marginalize" the infamous anti-Islam video that supposedly sparked attacks on American embassies across the world by "ignoring it."
"I think it's not good enough to say it's free speech, it should be allowed. I think if this does provoke action against American citizens or Americans anywhere else in the world then maybe we do need to think how much freedom is OK."
A few random thoughts (and some reporting) on Mitt Romney and the video.
First, what Mitt Romney was getting at – as opposed to what he actually said – is undeniably true as a broad observation: too many Americans are dependent, or partially dependent, on an expansive government.
This morning on Fox News Sunday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, doubled down on the Obama administration's claim that an Internet video is responsible for anti-American mobs across the Middle East:
CHRIS WALLACE: Joining us now our ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. Ambassador, welcome back to Fox News Sunday.
Concerned Veterans of America has a new web video out marking the national debt passing the $16 trillion mark on Tuesday afternoon. The ad focuses on the threat the debt poses to national security, and points out that the "interest on the debt will soon exceed the defense budget." Watch the ad below: