Babies Left to Die: UNM Abortion Doctors Not Trained to Deal With Babies Born Alive

By Austin Roscoe Published on January 5, 2017

“Imagine an infant in an abortion clinic without food, without care, defenseless, confused, crying and grasping for life — being left alone to die on its own.”

That was the response of New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director Elisa Martinez, after she read the final report of the Select Panel on Infant Lives. Martinez continued, “It’s almost too difficult to imagine, but this is the reality taking place at UNM Hospital and Southwestern Women’s Options, confirmed by testimony from the abortionists themselves.”

Released Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, the report covers more than a year of investigative effort by the panel, which was established on Oct. 7, 2015, in light of the Center for Medical Progress videos.

One particularly disheartening account is that of abortion doctors at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where a faculty member, whose name is redacted from the report, admitted that doctors at the university were not trained on how to handle children who were born alive during an induced abortion.

This flies in the face of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act — which requires that children born alive in the case of an abortion or attempted abortion receive “immediate admission to a hospital,” “diligence to preserve the life” and the mandatory reporting of any failure to comply with the law.

When pressed for more information, such as if the doctors took resuscitation training, the faculty member, who is also a doctor, simply replied, “OB/GYN doctors do not resuscitate neonates.”

Upon being read the language of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, the faculty member claimed she had not discussed the law with her council, nor did she “understand the relevance” of the law to her practice — despite admitting that she was aware of instances “where a planned abortion … [was] born alive,”

“Coming from the official who is arguably most responsible for making UNM an abortion provider,” the report declares, ” this testimony is a startling reflection of the absence of attention given to any standard of care for infants that survive the abortion procedure.”

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  • my3sons

    Understanding the implications of this is too much to bear. In a normal hospital setting, the Baby Docs are there for the baby. In this case, no Baby Docs standing by. How can these people go to sleep at night? I can hardly understand how anyone in the medical profession can live with themselves in these types of events.

  • honesttoGod

    This story does not offer, by my reading, a critical piece of information, namely up till what point does the clinic provide abortions. Most freestanding clinics do not, and often by state law, cannot perform abortions past 21 weeks, and in truth, around 91% of abortions are performed before the 13th week, and only about 4% are performed after the 16th week. The lower limit for viability is 21 weeks, and there is only 1 case (that I found) of survival at that stage. The real practical limit is 23-24 weeks. So the chances that the circumstance discussed in the article will happen is very rare, if ever, for well over 96% of abortions performed. For those performed at free-standing clinics, it is well-nigh an impossibility. Now the law in that state says that doctors must be trained for that circumstance, and since the law says that, they should be. But the impression that the headline and article attempt to give is that this is something that happens in clinics far more often than it does, which is almost never.

  • Ms L

    How anyone can say this is not murder is beyond me. When Harambe the gorilla got shot… cue the outrage. Innocent human babies? Eh… this is a sick society

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