Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-516-3034; Cheryl Sullenger, Outreach & Media Coordinator, 316-516-3034, both with Operation Rescue
HIALEAH, Fl., Dec. 4 /Standard Newswire/ -- An autopsy report released last week obtained by Operation Rescue now indicates that a baby that was reportedly born alive then intentionally killed at a Hialeah abortion mill in July was indeed born alive.
However, it is unclear how this determination will affect any criminal prosecutions. The Hialeah Police are asking for murder charges to be filed against those responsible for the baby’s death.
On July 20, an 18-year old woman reported to the A Gyn Diagnostics abortion mill to complete an abortion in her 22nd week of pregnancy. The doctor was not on hand and she was placed in a recovery room to await his arrival. After several hours, the woman gave birth to a live baby girl who, according to the mother and another witness, “was moving and gasping for air.” The baby was put into a plastic bag by clinic owner Belkis Gonzalez, then tossed up on the roof of the abortion mill.
An anonymous caller tipped the police, and the baby’s body was discovered a week later and sent to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner for autopsy.
The report indicates that the baby, a 22-week baby girl with black hair and brown eyes, was apparently healthy at the time of her birth. Her cause of death is listed as “extreme prematurity,” and the manner of her death was “natural.”
The natural death determination was made because the coroner did not believe the baby, now named Shanice Denise Osbourne, had any chance of survival.
“It doesn’t matter if Shanice had a 100 percent or a zero percent chance of survival. Once she was born, she was deserving of the same protections under the law as the rest of us,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “At the minimum, she should have been given comfort care. Shoving her into a plastic bag and tossing her onto a roof to die is just unconscionable.”
It has also been learned that Gonzalez has placed her house up for sale.
“If Gonzalez and her cohorts are to be charged, they better do it quickly,” said Newman. “We have seen abortionists flee in the face of prosecution over less than this. Gonzalez and her associates should be considered flight risks.”
Operation Rescue is the leading pro-life Christian activist organization in the nation. Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.