View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Abortion and the Demonic - Part 2

"Lawsuit Filed for Baby Born Alive at Abortion Clinic then Killed and Hidden from Police"

That's the headline from a story of the "alleged" murder of a Shanice Denise Osbourne in 2006 - an "alleged" murder that the legal system did nothing about until a lawsuit was filed this January. (I say "alleged" for legal reasons. The facts speak for themselves.)

The story was also picked up by the AP - the headline in the Buffalo News for that story was "Fla. doctor investigated in badly botched abortion" .

The mother, Sycloria Williams, had gone to get an abortion (at 22 weeks) here's some of the gruesome details from the lifesite story abut what happened on July 20, 2006:

Williams arrived at the Hialeah clinic on the morning of July 20, 2006, feeling ill and in severe pain from the medication the night before. Despite the fact that the doctor nor any other licensed health practitioners were present, the abortion center’s receptionist gave Williams Cytotec, which induces labor and also dilates the cervix. Williams, however, began to feel even worse with nausea and cramping. According to testimony, the staff had her sit in the clinic’s recovery room area where she waited for hours in severe and increasing abdominal pain without medical staff available.

At one point, unable to remain seated, Williams braced herself with the arms of the recliner chair she was sitting on. As she lifted herself, her water broke and she delivered a live baby girl onto the seat of the recliner. The baby writhed and gasped for air, still connected to Williams by the umbilical cord.

Immobilized by shock, Williams watched Gonzalez run into the room, cut the umbilical cord with a pair of orange-handled shears, stuff the baby into a red biohazard bag and throw the bag into a garbage can. Shortly thereafter, the doctor arrived at the clinic and sedated Williams. The doctor’s medical records failed to indicate that Williams had delivered a live baby that was killed by the clinic.

Anonymous callers notified police at least three times about the live birth and murder, and when police executed a search warrant on July 22, 2006, they found medical records but couldn’t locate the baby’s remains. Six days later, another anonymous caller told police the baby’s body had been hidden on the roof. Police responded but didn’t find the baby’s body on the roof. After another anonymous tip police got another search warrant and found the decomposing baby in a cardboard box in a closet at the clinic. DNA linked the baby’s remains to Williams.

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner performed an autopsy which showed that the baby’s lungs had been filled with air before her killing, proving it was a live birth. But the examiner blamed the death on “extreme prematurity,” ignoring eyewitness testimony that the baby had been murdered.

The Thomas More Society has filed the suit on behalf of Shanice Denise Osbourne, the dead girl. The suit claims that she was born alive and then murdered by abortion clinic owner, Belkis Gonzalez. Thirteen defendants (including Gonzalez, abortionist Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacques Renelique and their conglomerate of four South Florida abortion clinics) have been sued for unlicensed and unauthorized medical practice, botched abortions, evasive tactics, false medical records and the killing, hiding and disposing of the baby.

Good for the Thomas More Society.

Sadly, I'm not shocked that nothing was done at the time - given the complicity of so many parts of our society and our government in the demonic practice of abortion. To pursue justice in a case like this would mean to raise doubts about what is being done to these children.

Even our our President has opposed legislation requiring medical treatment for babies born alive during an abortion. President Obama would also have permitted Shanice to be killed.

[[LATER - The doctor has just been stripped of his medical license. Too bad it took two years and negative media to finally get the state to do something. That's why we have to keep watching and keep writing.]]


Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Something to keep in mind amidst all the outrage: Things like this are literally an everyday occurrence. The strange and shocking aspect is merely that it's being reported, talked about, and perhaps might even lead to prosecution.

3:14 PM  

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