Today's anniversary is an intended death -- a baby meant to die, who didn't.
Ruth Ann S. was sent to Detroit Memorial for an abortion performed October 3, 1984 by Enrique Gerbi. The saline was injected to kill the fetus.
At 12:30 AM on October 4, Ruth Ann delivered a live infant girl, that she named Vanessa.
The hospital did not have a NICU, and did not transfer Vanessa to another hospital for NICU care. Little Vanessa was "left to languish without the care of an obstetrician and/or a pediatrician." Vanessa suffered brain damage, required heart surgery due to saline damage, and required surgery "to relieve hydrocephalic conditions produced by the result of the salt injection."
As a result of the abortion, Vanessa suffered blindness, mental retardation, severe scarring and burning of her feet, growth retardation, and "Lack of coordination, ambulation and other dysfunctions not yet manifest."
A lawsuit filed on her behalf also charged Jack Ryan, President/Chief Medical Officer, with failing to "require the checking of the eleven malpractice suits in claims filed against abortionist ENRIQUE GERBI," and with failing to require Gerbi "to present evidence of knowledge and skill" for performing abortions. The suit also faulted the hospital with failing "to require that physical evaluations would be made on patients to determine the gestational age of the fetus before an effort was made to kill the same by abortion techniques," failing to have arrangements for care of live-born infants after abortion, and failure to have Gerbi placed under adequate supervision.
But why would an abortion hospital have a doctor on hand to care for babies like Vanessa? After all, as Obama said, "[A]dding an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion."
One more time, with feeling:
"[A]dding an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion."
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