Some may doubt that this happens, but it is a matter of public record that babies sometimes survive abortion. Born-Alive Abortion Survivors: Just the Facts (April 2021, Family Research Council)
The question then becomes whether the fact that they were scheduled to be aborted means that they lose their protection even if they are born.
The phenomenon of live births after abortions is documented by government agencies on the federal and state levels as well as internationally, and is also corroborated by individual case testimonies, some of which have received considerable publicity.
A hearing was held in 2019 with witness testimony from Dr. Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A, Clinical Neonatologist, Dr. Kathi A. Aultman, M.D., Retired Gynecologist, Jill Stanek, Former RN from Illinois and Tessa Longbons, Research Associate, Charlotte Lozier Institute.
A Fox News report gives the following details:
“At least 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions across three states since 2016, according to state health data…The data on babies surviving abortions is compiled on a mandatory basis by only a handful of states.
“The most recent information comes from Minnesota, which reported in June that three infants were born alive in 2018 after induced termination of a pregnancy. That brings the state total to 11 since 2016. Arizona reported 10 in 2017 and Florida had 19 such instances since 2017. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 143 cases between 2003 and 2014 of infants born after attempted abortions, though those figures may be incomplete.”
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration reported two infants born alive after an induced termination of pregnancy so far in 2019. The state reported six cases in 2018 and 11 cases in 2017.
The Minnesota Department of Health data shows three cases of “abortion procedures resulting in a born-alive infant were reported” in both 2017 and 2018, and five in 2016.
Internationally, we also see reports of babies born alive after failed abortions. In the UK, the Daily Mail has reported that in just one year 66 infants had been left to die after abortions. Canada, moreover, reports 491 babies born alive during abortion between 2000 and 2009.
Aside from government reporting, individual medical professionals have come forward to report on instances where they have seen babies born alive after abortions and then left to die or actively killed.
Nurse Jill Stanek’s testimony about what happened at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL was a key impetus for the Born Alive bill that was signed in 2002. Other examples abound, like the Hialeah case, the emergency call from Family Planning Associates in Phoenix, the Baby Hope case, and more.
Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is serving life in prison precisely for killing babies born alive during abortions.
Former abortion clinic employees of Douglas Karpen, moreover, describe how he killed babies born alive.
And there is an entire network of abortion survivors, like Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell, whose stories are becoming more and more known.