Undercover Video: Abortion Doctor Says He'd Let Born-Alive Infants Choke to Death
6:15 PM, Apr 29, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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:
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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