‘Break the Baby’s Neck’: Planned Parenthood Abortionist Makes Troubling Admission

That's what one St. Paul, Minnestota, abortionist told one woman who wanted a second-term abortion.

By Liberty McArtor Published on June 27, 2017

If a baby survives an abortion, “most likely we would break the baby’s neck.”

That’s what an abortionist told one woman at the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year. She had gone to the clinic for a second-trimester abortion and after starting the process decided she wanted to keep her baby.

She described her experience in a video published Tuesday by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Her identity in the video is disguised for her own safety.

“In recent years, this is the first that we have had somebody be so forthright with their experience inside Planned Parenthood on a late, late term abortion,” Brian Gibson told The Stream. Gibson is Pro-Life Action Ministries’ Executive Director.


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Twenty-two weeks and one day into her pregnancy, the woman in the video began a two-day abortion procedure. Throughout the two-day ordeal, she interacted with two doctors, one male, one female.

First they inserted dilators into her cervix to widen it for easier extraction of the fetus. Next, they gave her a digoxin (“dig”) injection. The shot is meant to penetrate and kill the fetus before delivery the next day. But the injection didn’t touch her baby. She explains:

There was this really long, skinny needle that they put inside of you, and the woman was holding the ultrasound to my stomach to find the baby. At the time he was moving a lot. So it took them a while to find it. … They told me he found the baby and he put the shot into him.

She found out later that they missed her son and injected the poison into the sac around him.

On her way into the clinic, the woman had encountered a sidewalk counselor from Pro-Life Action Ministries. That night, she considered the pro-life literature she received. It included the story of another woman who had backed out of her two-day abortion procedure and later given birth to a healthy baby.

The injection had unsettled her. “Before that shot, I had no idea that they did that to the baby,” she said. “I think knowing that the baby had to get that shot, I think that’s enough to change someone’s mind.” She guessed that’s why no one told her about it beforehand.

‘Trying to Sell Me This Abortion’

The next day, the woman asked her doctors to remove the dilators. She also asked for an ultrasound to check on her baby’s health. He was kicking and punching, with a strong heartbeat.

But the doctors still pressured her to move forward with the abortion. That’s when she asked what they would do if she went through with the procedure and he was delivered alive. She describes the female doctor’s response:

She looked at him, then she looked back at me, and she was quiet just for a little bit, kind of wondering if the information she was going to give me was the right information that I should know. And I was looking at her very puzzled, like what, what are you guys going to do to the baby? And she told me that “We don’t tell women this, and a lot of women don’t even ask this question, but if we was to proceed with the abortion and the baby was to come out still alive and active, most likely we would break the baby’s neck.” (Emphasis added.)

The admission seemed to surprise the male doctor, she observed.

The woman reiterated her request to have the dilators removed so she could go home. “The more I was telling them no, it was more like they were trying to sell me something,” she said. “That’s how it felt, as if they were trying to sell me this abortion.”

They tried to convince her that her baby would die within 48 hours anyway. “Well, that’s just the risk I’m going to have to take,” she told them. “They didn’t seem very happy about that at all. I made it a point that they were going to take those dilators out, and I was going to go home, and I was going to keep this baby.”

Call for Investigation

“We’re calling upon our local authorities to investigate Planned Parenthood,” Gibson told The Stream. Pro-Life Action Ministries is based in St. Paul. In the video, the doctors admit “they would do something that’s criminal if the circumstances arose.” Since the woman’s dig injection didn’t penetrate her baby, he “would have been alive” had she gone through with the abortion, Gibson said.

Breaking the baby’s neck would violate Minnesota’s “Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” It would also violate a federal law which includes in its definition of “person,” “human,” “child” or “individual,” infants “born alive at any stage of development.”

Gibson said they’ve been asking their local authorities to investigate Planned Parenthood in St. Paul for years, but “they’ve been refusing to do so.” The clinic began doing late-term abortions five years ago, he said. In recent months, they’ve extended their late-term abortions to include those up to 23 weeks and six days — or six months.

Gibson said his group is encouraging people to send the video to their senators and ask for Planned Parenthood to be defunded.

In the video, the woman is seven months pregnant. Since then, she’s given birth to a healthy boy.

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