Partial Birth Abortion Baby Survives 3 Hours

Partial Birth Abortion in Ohio Update: January, 2003

Partial birth abortions are still being performed in Ohio. In 2002, the Ashcroft Justice Department filed an amicus brief in support of Ohio's partial-birth abortion ban, which is being challenged.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on January 11, 2003 that a federal judge ruled that a Dayton, Ohio abortion facility can remain open. The facility is not properly licensed by the Ohio Department of Health.The state health department attempted to close theWomen's Med Center of Dayton after the abortion business failed to obtain agreements from nearby hospitals promising to provide emergency medical care if needed following a botched abortion.

Transcript from WSYX -TV in Columbus, Ohio, 20 April 1999

    A woman 5 months pregnant came to Women's Med Center in Dayton, Ohio, to get a partial birth abortion. During the 3 days it takes to have the procedure she began to have stomach pains and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Within minutes she was giving birth.
    Nurse Shelly Lowe in the emergency room at the hospital was shocked when the baby took a gasp of air. [Lowe] "I just held her and it really got to me that anybody could do that to a baby. I rocked her and talked to her because I felt that no one should die alone." The little girl survived 3 hours.
    Mark Lally, Director of Ohio Right to Life believes this is why partial birth abortions should be banned. [Lally] "This shows what we've been trying to make clear to people. Abortion isn't something that happens just early in pregnancy, it happens at all stages of pregnancy. It's legal in this state any time."

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