491 Canadian Babies Survived Abortions and Left to Die

The grisly logic of abortion is most apparent in the debates and discussions concerning what to do with and for babies who, against all the odds, manage to survive an abortion.

In most places, these little ones are discarded. Left alone, untended and untouched, they die the lonely death of a human who has been deemed less than human by other people.

As one nurse here in Oklahoma described it to me, “No one does anything to keep them warm or give them fluids. No one picks them up or holds them.” She described one baby girl who survived 13 hours like this.

This hardness of heart of medical professionals is equalled by the pro-abortion people and the politicians I have tried to talk to about this. I have been met with indifference from the politicians and one of the coldest statements I’ve ever heard from a pro-abortion person.

“That’s the doctor’s fault,” this person told me, “he should have killed the baby with a lethal injection before the abortion.”

This statement, with its frank acknowledgement that this baby could have survived and assertion that the only fault in the whole thing was that the doctor hadn’t killed it more effectively, still troubles me.

It was one of those dear God what have we become moments for me. What has abortion and this power to kill at will turned us into?

It appears that it has made those who support abortion into people who welcome every aspect of a constantly-expanding culture of death. Euthanasia has become the new abortion; the latest legal hurdle to be jumped in the on-going race toward an absolute culture of death.

People who support abortion always seem to jump on the newest killing bandwagon, whatever it is. They find an argument that makes killing a “right” of some sort for each new murderous idea that the purveyors of death hatch up. They never see the essential wrongness of laws that legalize killing the weak and defenseless.

Their inculturation in the death-dealing logic of killing as a solution for the messiness of life has taught them to regard the lives of needy human beings as an unfair burden on the rest of us. The sanctity of human life is an enemy in a world run by this logic, an irrational barrier to doing what they want with whomever they decide should die. Human life is something to be controlled and wiped out whenever it becomes troubling.

We’ve moved to an all-out commodification of human beings with designer babies and embryonic stem cell research. Women, as usual, are commodities in this brave new world whose reproductive capacities are farmed by egg harvesters and whose uteri are rented by those who want the “services” of a surrogate. This new form of prostitution is destructive to women in ways that previous generations of misogynists could never have imagined.

At the same time, more and more of our young people eschew the joys of marriage. They dismiss the incredible privilege and happiness of forming their own families and raising their own children to chase after transient stuff and nonsense which offers no fulfillment, robs people of their peace and sets the whole of society on a suicidal path.

Is it any wonder, given the utterly bizarre way that our society is tending, that we are indifferent as a culture to the lives of children who are born alive after an abortion? We are a people who will charge someone with a felony for mistreating a cat or dog but who studiously support those who do nothing to comfort or aid a newborn baby we’ve decided shouldn’t be alive in the first place.

I’ve dealt first hand with the indifference of politicians to babies who survive abortions. It was a chilling realization for me. Nice people can zip on their compassion-proof suits and become indifference itself to this crime against humanity. Their hardness of heart is absolute, and it extends to people who try to reason with them about what they are doing.

There is no indifference to suffering like the indifference of someone who has decided that other people are not fully human and they can kill them if they want. There is no anger like the anger of these people when you tell them that what they are doing is wrong.

The killing indifference of abortion depends on the illusion that the babies who die are not babies, are not human, feel nothing, are nothing. This illusion is necessary to maintain the parallel illusion that abortion is a kindness and that we are doing nothing wrong by supporting it.

Maybe that’s why the proponents of abortion on demand are so adamant that this killing rite be extended to any baby that survives the abortion itself. A “failed abortion” with a living child at the end of it is a frightening reminder of what we are doing.

It also, in the logic of abortion, cancels out the decision the woman made when she decided to abort in the first place. Here she’s made her “choice” and gone through an abortion, only to end up with a baby anyway. How gross.

A living child at the end of an abortion is more than an inconvenience. It is an assault on the illusions that sustain abortion as a “right.” Is it any wonder that these little ones are shuffled aside and ignored to death? Any other action would paint a bull’s eye on the entire linguistic edifice that sustains the lies of abortion.

A LifeNews article says that an admitted 491 babies survived abortions and were then left to die in Canada last year. I’m sure the actual number is much higher, for the simple reason that most of these babies don’t make it onto the charts. I’ve heard stories about babies who survived abortions here in Oklahoma from nurses and hospital chaplains. From what I was told, none of these babies were ever officially charted as being alive.

I admire LifeNews and often use them as a source. But I do not agree with the article’s assumption that the Infant Born Alive Act here in the United States protects babies who survive abortions. Based on first-hand accounts from professionals who work in our hospitals here in Oklahoma, I do not believe that it does.

However, the article still provides an interesting analysis of the part of this tragedy that is out in the open in Canada.

The LifeNews article reads in part:

Figures from Statistics Canada, a federal government agency, show 491 babies were born alive following botched abortions during the period from 2000-2009 and left to die afterwards. The numbers have pro-life advocates up in arms.

Andre Schutten, legal counsel for ARPA Canada, noticed the numbers and blogged about themrecently.

The blog Run with Life has reported that, from 2000 to 2009, 491 babies have been born alive following a failed abortion procedure, and subsequently left to die. And those are only the ones that are recordedby Statistics Canada.

The blog explains that “there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died afterit was born. These abortions are coded as P96.4 or ‘Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn’.

The question that should immediately present itself is, why has there not been 491 homicide investigations or prosecutions in connection with these deaths? Section 223(2) of the Criminal Code (the accompanying subsection to the now infamous subsection that Mr. Woodworth’s motion 312 was examining) reads “A person commits homicide when he causes injury to a child before or during its birth as a result of which the child dies after becoming a human being.” That is to say, anyone who interferes with a pregnancy such that the child dies after it is born alive due to that interference, is guilty of homicide.

So again, why have there been no criminal prosecutions? Why no outcry? And why are the provinces funding this explicitly criminal activity? (Read more here.) 

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  • Manny

    *GASP* That is just so heart breaking. Holy God, holy immortal one, holy all mighty one, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Manny, that’s how I felt about it, too.

  • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com Wendy

    Rebecca, part of the problem is that many people don’t even know what partial birth abortion is. The general public don’t seem to know what is actually going on with abortions. So far the only people that I have talked with that even know anything about this are Christians and some medical professionals. Recently I brought up the subject while talking in a waiting room with a lady. She had no idea what partial birth abortion was. I strongly suggested that she Google it at home. I hope that she did and I hope that she is as upset about it as I am. Maybe she will tell someone else… maybe if we all get informed and talk about it… then maybe this infanticide insanity will come to an end. Thanks for posting this.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  • http://loopyloo305.com Particia Pledger

    The biggest problem we have is with a culture that does not want to accept responsibility for it’s actions. If you can convince yourself, and those around you, that it is acceptable to do this, for whatever reason, you have no consequences for your actions. Since a lot of them don’t believe in God or the future judgement, they can go on with their lives. Each time is just a little easier. We can evil manipulating the minds of our children, starting from the time they enter pre-school. Once they are convinced that it is someone else’s fault that they are doing the things they do, either their parents, or society, this makes it easier for them to continue or escalate their actions. Unless and until we can teach our children that their actions have real and lasting consequences, and that they will be judged on their actions, we will not be able to change things. The path of least resistance is the easier path, and our children are being pushed along it, regardless of what we teach them, by schools that are more interested in having children become slaves of the system and nice little workers who do no make trouble. Great post Rebecca and God bless you!

  • http://www.twitter.com/WCLPeter WCLPeter

    What’s sad is how you got rooked by this.

    I’ve found plenty of repostings of the exact same article you’ve reposted on numerous websites, but not one single entry from an actual news site. Aborted babies are being left to die in hospital rooms and there are no public inquiries from the RCMP, local law enforcement, or medical ethics boards? No in depth journalistic reports from CBC? None from CTV or Global? No newspapers? Not even Sun News, which proudly considers themselves the Canadian version of Fox News!

    When Prime Minister Harper labels himself as a Conservative Christian and is the leader of the Progressive Conservatives, the right leaning party in Canada?

    What I did find however was the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario which defined what “Termination of pregnancy affecting fetus and newborn” actually means.

    Therapeutic abortions of stillborn fetuses.

    Regardless of your position on abortion I have strong doubts you’d be so heartless as to demand a woman carry a dead fetus to term. Since that’s what’s being talked about in the erroneous “news article”, there really is no story here. You got rooked by a sensationalist story without any corroboration and had you not been so blinded by your own position on abortion, you could have debunked it with about an hour’s worth of time Google.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      This “carry a dead fetus to term” stuff is an old-time canard that pro abortion (vs pro choice) people toss out. I’m well acquainted with it, having had it lobbed at me in my work as a legislator. Of course, no one wants to require a woman to continue to carry a dead baby. There is nothing an any law I know of (my legal expertise is American) that requires this. I have never encountered one person who wants it. “Carrying a dead fetus to term” is an oxymoron, by the way. Since the baby is dead, there is no “term.”

      So far as I can tell, the reason that pro abortion people keep raising this issue whenever the topic of caring for babies who are born alive as a result of an abortion arises (what the article was actually about btw) is that they have no defense for wanting to let the babies die. So they raise this totally nonsensical, unrelated, but emotionally grinding argument and advance it over and over and over despite the fact that it has NOTHING to do with the topic under discussion. I think they do this to muddy the waters and try to win the public relations war by terrifying women into thinking that a law that would require treatment for babies who are born alive despite being aborted was somehow or other going to force them to never be able to seek appropriate medical care if their baby dies in utero. This is worse than claptrap. It is a flat-out lie. And it hurts people.

      Anyone who would refuse treatment or care to a baby that is born alive after an abortion is lower than dirt. There is no argument based on the welfare of the woman or anything even vaguely smacking of good intentions or compassion that justifies this.

      As for the rest of your argument, it doesn’t hold water. You seem to be saying that the report is inaccurate because other sources you’ve checked haven’t carried it. That proves nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Your other contention is that since the pm “labels himself as a Conservative Christian” it couldn’t be true. Again, what does that have to do with anything?

      I don’t want to be rude, but your arguments are entirely non sequitur.

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  • Bill S

    “Since a lot of them don’t believe in God or the future judgement, they can go on with their lives.”

    I presently fall into that category, but I didn’t for most of my life. My relationship with God has been on, off, on, off, on, and off as far as I remember. There may have been more fluctuations but those were the major ones.

    During the first off period, specifically in 1972, a series of events occurred that led to an abortion in approximately the tenth week of the pregnancy. I was not aware of the abortion until after the fact. But I have carried the guilt about it ever since.

    The guilt that I have felt about the abortion was never for any impact to the child. This is where I strongly disagree with pro-lifers. There never was a being that even knew it was alive. I could have saved myself from a lot of needless guilt had I known it for the past 40 years. So now the pro-lifers don’t get a free pass from me for any stage of pregnancy.

    What I’ve learned over the past year could have been learned before and can be learned by any pro-lifer. I think 10 weeks was long enough for my girlfriend to learn about her situation and decide what to do. She was on her own because I left her before I knew she was pregnant and I was away when she made the decision.

    Now that I no longer believe in God, a soul, the sanctity of life, the culture of death, and many of the concepts used to inflict guilt, I no longer listen to the pro-lifers. This is coming from someone who actually stood outside a medical building that no one knew was performing abortions saying the Rosary. If I can learn what life is truly about, then any pro-lifer can do the same.

    I feel for my ex-girlfriend and I resent the guilt that is imposed upon her and people like her. I was told that I no longer needed to use condoms because she was using contraceptives. I assume but I can’t be sure that she was either lying about it or misused contraceptive foam that from what I understand now would have been ineffective anyway. The last thing I was ever able to tell her was that she did the right thing. The whole thing was a mistake start to finish, one that you make when you are young. Everyone is entitled to a second chance and that’s what we both got.

    No. I do not condone leaving a baby out to die. Every state should have a limit on how far into a pregnancy an abortion can be performed. But the number shouldn’t be zero.

  • http://Patheos CooperRanck

    Horrible why kill the babies just because they survive the abortion. Why not just give them to someone who wants the baby like me. I would be willing to take a baby that could have died but Jesus saved its life and let it live instead of go up into heaven with him see the earth for a little bit. To me I think nobody would want to live in this world but still why starve the poor babies.Or you shouldn’t even abort the baby you should born it then give it to someone who wants it. Does anyone even know how it feels to get salt in your cut just feel 10 times the pain with no skin on your whole body and salt all over you that would be very painful and they are alive and do not have any skin so it would feel like you are burning up and it really would be killing the alive baby and you all you abortion doctors pick on you own self and stop being a coward.