The second video in Live Action’s expose on late term abortions. Go here to view the first video. Here is the Live Action press release:
During the breaking “Inhuman” investigation, Live Action investigated the Washington Surgi-Clinic where Cesare Santangelo performs late-term abortions in Washington, D.C. Santangelo revealed several horrors involved with late-term abortions that America needs to know.
Of course, we all know that the umbilical cord is a baby’s means of receiving the vital oxygen her body needs to survive. The umbilical cord also conducts blood to the baby’s body. In order to ensure that a baby does not survive a late-term abortion at his facility, Santangelo purposely suffocates the baby and stops her vital blood flow.
When you have a pregnancy that is 23, 24 weeks, if you’re you know, extra – if you – if you do everything possible to help it survive, you know, there’s a – maybe a 20-30% chance that it would survive. If you don’t do anything, then, you know, the chances are much, much less.
This review of 33 different studies on survival rates of premature infants found that “the survival of infants born at 23, and mostly at 24 and 25 weeks of GA is significant in the majority of studies.” Rates vary from study to study, and yet, the conclusion is that a significant number of babies at these stages do indeed survive – quite different from the picture that Santangelo was painting.
Few laws are more easily explained than the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Any baby who is born alive after an abortion is entitled to life-saving medical care. This is the law. And Santangelo knows it, though he ignores it:
I mean, 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.
Ah yes, the typical twisting of the law for your own purposes. Santangelo admits that he is obligated to help a baby born alive after an abortion. He admits that legally, he must provide care. But he also admits that time is of the essence – that help must be given “vigorously” for the baby to survive. And then he concedes that he would not provide that help. Despite the law, he will not comply.
[If the woman delivered before the “termination part of the procedure” was reached:] Then we would do things – we would – we would not help it. Let’s say. We wouldn’t – we wouldn’t uh, intubate, let’s say. Ok? Yeah, we wouldn’t do any extra – you know? … It would be, you know, uh – a person that would be – 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. You know? We would do the same things here.
Except that a baby born alive after an abortion at the age of 23-25 weeks is not terminal. This baby has a “significant” chance of survival. This baby, under the law, should be intubated, resuscitated, or given any other medical care necessary to survival. But since when has the law mattered to the abortion industry?
Santangelo, 56, said he’s been a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in the District since 1987. He said he keeps a low profile, partly because he worries that the controversial nature of abortions could make him a target for violence, but also because he prefers to stay out of the politics. He said he sometimes refuses late-term abortions if he feels women have been coerced or are in extramarital affairs, are seeking to terminate because of the sex of the child, or seem unsure whether they want the procedure…He said he was “tripped up” by a hypothetical at a moment when he was trying to reassure a client. “Once the baby is born, it’s out of everybody’s hands, and the baby has rights, too,” he said. “I understand that and I support that.” He said he has not watched the video because “I don’t like to feed into these people. I really consider them terrorists.”
Lila Rose responded:
“For Dr. Santagelo to call a 24 week pregnant woman a terrorist, after having just admitted he would leave struggling babies to die after surviving abortion, is a desperate attempt to distract from his own horrific actions. The numbness Dr. Santangelo displays to his victims is both heart-breaking and shocking. It is time to investigate the inhuman and brutal practices that happen behind the closed doors of these facilities across the country.”
Well, clearly Lila Rose is not a terrorist. I would gladly apply the term terrorist to the abortionist, but I suspect that even many terrorists, if they saw an infant fighting for his life, would not harm the infant. In short, the term terrorist is too good for the abortionist.