An incident at an abortion clinic in February of 2016, has sparked a tough debate occurring in Phoenix, AZ over a police report that a woman who was scheduled for an abortion went into spontaneous labor before the procedure.
The doctor at the clinic checked the 27-year old woman for a heartbeat prior to the abortion and found none. The physician thought the baby would be stillborn.
The nurse at the abortion clinic believed she saw the fetus move and this has caused a heated debate over whether a child who survives and abortion should be left to die.
When the nurse was weighing the fetus, she believes she saw it moving and struggling to breathe. According to the police report the nurse said,
"Oh my God this fetus is moving,"
Federal law states that abortion clinics must provide care to a baby who survives the abortion procedure.
One of the staff members at the clinic called 911 and began CPR. When paramedics arrived the baby was rushed to Banner University Medical Center. The doctors at the hospital couldn't detect a heartbeat and pronounced the baby dead.
"Nobody did anything wrong," Absolutely, nobody did anything wrong. The doctor, in fact, did everything right." said Kat Sabine, executive director of the Arizona chapter NARAL Pro-Choice America.
When Pro-life activists learned of the incident they held a vigil outside the hospital. Attorney and Pro-life activist John Jakubczyk explained that the issue was not about the legality of abortion, but the moral component of the situation.
"Maybe the child was born and only lived for a moment, maybe the child lived for a lot longer than a few moments. I don't know. But I do know this; you had a human being who was born, you had a human being who died." Jakubczyk said.
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