Baby Born Alive After Botched Abortion Left To Scream In Pain Until Dead
A Polish hospital has been accused of allowing a late-term baby to die without care after the child survived a botched abortion.
The Global Dispatch reports that doctors and medical staff at the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, Poland left the newborn to die on March 7, possibly because the baby had Down syndrome.
Witnesses said the newborn cried and screamed for an hour before it died, according to Republika Television, which did not indicate if the child was male or female.
The report continues:
Hospital spokesperson Dorota Jasłowska-Niemyska explained that a patient at the end of the 23rd week of pregnancy came to the hospital, and her medical tests suggested that the baby had Down syndrome. The hospital claims that everything that happened thereafter was according to the law and medical procedures. The dignity of the patient and the dignity of the fetus were respected, she continued.
When asked by a reporter of Salve TV about the dignity of a child that had been born alive, Jasłowska-Niemyska said: “Those are details which I can’t talk about. It is confidential, and I am not allowed to comment on the details of this procedure.”
Pro-life supporters are calling on the Warsaw prosecutor to charge the hospital with criminal conduct. One loud voice is a Catholic priest, Ryszard Halwa, from the anti-abortion group SOS Foundation to Save Unborn Children (Fundacja SOS Obrony Poczętego Życia).
According to Bartosz Lewandowski, a lawyer from Ordo Iuris Institute, medical personnel can face criminal charges for not helping a child whose life is in danger. Medical personnel could even be charged with homicide.
During an interview with Salve TV, he mentioned that the Polish Doctors Code of Ethics clearly states that an unborn child is a patient, and that doctors are obligated to help. It does not matter that the mother does not want the child to live. According to the Polish Criminal Code, the newborn baby was a “child” (article 148 section 1 Criminal Code) protected by legal norms, Lewandowski concluded.
Abortion is illegal in most cases in Poland, a strong Catholic country. Exceptions are allowed in cases of rape, danger to the mother’s life or health and an unborn child with a severe and irreversible handicap or an incurable and life threatening disease. Down syndrome cases fall under the last category and are legal up until viability, generally considered to be 24 weeks.