Recent case screams for enforcement of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, legislation staunchly opposed by president
MIAMI (AP) — Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.
Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure. Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.
What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.
Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.
A living infant, snatched up while struggling for breath, stuffed into a biohazard bag and thrown into a trash can, all at breakneck speed in front of an unwilling young mother shocked to see the life she gave. I’m not sure that’s something anybody wants to see, regardless of affiliation in terms of politics or faith.
For a long time, when it comes to the abortion debate, I was on the opposite side than I am now. It wasn’t my body, after all, and I didn’t want the government to be involved. That changed, of course, when I saw the rest of the babies, so tiny yet so alert, in the neo-natal intensive care unit after my own daughter was born at 34 weeks (she actually threatened to come out three weeks before that) weighing less than five pounds. Even in my ignorance to matters of life prior to that point of epiphany, even when I had a laissez faire attitude toward abortion, I would consider this south Florida incident a case of murder.
The autopsy showed that the baby was struggling for life, that her developing lungs were partially filled with air. Furthermore, recent history has shown that babies born as early as 21 weeks have eventually gone home healthy; one such infant who weighed only ten ounces at birth, Amillia Taylor (pictured above after being born at 21 weeks), just turned a healthy two years old in October. That being said, in the case of this Florida woman and her 23-week-old baby, this was infanticide, plain and simple — and I’m not sure that most everyday people passed on the street, regardless of their predetermined feelings toward abortion, would necessarily disagree.
What a lot of those everyday people may not know, however, is that they freely elected a president who would unequivocally support the murderous actions of the abortion clinic owner.
This is the very situation which lawmakers sought to prevent with the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, legislation which requires that infants born alive after botched abortions receive life-saving medical attention, legislation which arose in part from an account by an Illinois nurse, Jill Stanek, who reported that such infants born alive were simply cast aside and allowed to die in storerooms and storage closets. When a version of the bill reached the Illinois State Legislature, then State Sen. Barack Obama vehemently argued against it, saying that providing medical care for infants born alive following a botched abortion would place an undue burden on the mother who had already made a decision as to the fate of her baby.
During the debate in the Illinois State Senate, Obama was politically handcuffed and could not refer to a baby born alive following a botched abortion as an actual person, as it was not politically correct to do so — after all, the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution will not allow someone to kill a child. Instead, in an “it all depends upon what the definition of ‘is’ is” type of moment, Obama was forced to coin a phrase in order to, at all costs, avoid acknowledging life. He used the term “Pre-Viable Fetus.”
Shanice Denise Osbourne, a pre-viable fetus if President Obama ever saw one, was born alive and subsequently killed on the morning of July 20, 2006 in that south Florida abortion clinic. The account of her extremely brief life, as well as the autopsy findings which followed after her decomposing body was later found in a cardboard box in a closet at the clinic, has been enough to bring the abortion debate to the forefront again, yet nobody seems to make the connection between this case, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and President Barack Obama.
Whenever I see a car with a crucifix dangling from the rear-view mirror and an “Obama-Biden” bumper sticker on the back, I cannot help but shake my head. Most people, because of the mainstream media’s favorable stance toward our new president, were not aware before the November election that Obama was willing to deny living infants, survivors of botched abortion procedures, even the most basic medical care for political reasons, that he saw no problem with these children being left to die in a back room or storage closet.
Even now, as many stand horrified–and rightly so–at this story coming out of south Florida, I’m not sure that the connection will be made.