ABORTION LAWS NEED AMENDING

 

I’m one of those pro-choice advocates. To my mind, it’s important to keep Roe V. Wade on the books for two primary reasons:

1) Support the woman’s right to choose (obviously).

2) To prevent abortions from reverting to the back-alley incompetents, pre-1972.

Just like many other so-called “sins,” making abortion illegal will not stop abortions from happening. They just fuel the black market, and the procedure becomes much less safe.

That said, it pains me to write any article which leans more to the liking of the pro-life side of the abortion issue. But, in the case of a live births and viable fetus’, it’s essential that states draw a stricter line in the name of decency and righteousness.

Recently, the Board of Medicine revoked the license of Florida Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique for medical malpractice stemming from a botched abortion in which a fetus was born alive, then discarded by unlicensed personnel who were in attendance.

It happened in 2006. The mother, an 18 year-old woman in Hialeah, Florida, was 23 weeks pregnant. The day before the procedure, the doctor prescribed a drug that dilates the cervix. She arrived at the clinic the next day, but the doctor was delayed, called to another emergency patient. In the meanwhile, the young woman delivered the fetus on her own. According to a lawsuit filed by the woman’s attorney, one of the clinic owners knocked the infant off a chair, scooped it up and placed it, with placenta, into a bag and threw it out. Following a tip, police found the remains a week later.

Amazingly, when the doctor arrived, he began performing the abortion unaware that the child had been born. Clinic personnel were obviously not forthcoming. Neither were they licensed and qualified.

The medical examiner determined the baby had breathed air, and deemed the cause of death as “extreme prematurity.”

This is an example of nightmarish events that weaken the argument for the pro-choice lobby and gives teeth to the other side. This woman was nearly five months pregnant, a period in which some early deliveries result in severely premature, but viable births.

Currently, Florida law allows for the termination of pregnancy within the first two trimesters. That’s far too dangerous. It would be far more logical and safer to limit abortion procedures to the first trimester only, with due exceptions regarding the health and/or survival of the mother.

Such an amended law would preclude these kinds of travesties where tiny babies are capable of sustaining life on their own. According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 88 percent of all abortions in America are currently performed in the first trimester, and only 1.5 percent after 20 weeks. We need to change that 88 percent, to 100 percent.

Meanwhile, abortion would remain legal and the black market butchers in wait would still remain out of business.

Doctor Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique certainly ran a slipshod operation in Hialeah, and the Board of Medicine was right to revoke his license. It begs the question, how many other clinics are run in this same manner?

It would also appear fitting that one or more of the clinic personnel should be prosecuted, but the existence of admissible evidence beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt, is another matter for the state attorney to weigh.

Proponents of the pro-choice movement — who are constantly under the gun — should be doing a better job of monitoring abortion clinics around the states. Ones like Dr. Renelique’s brings discredit to their cause.