Lawsuit: Florida Clinic Botched Abortion, Threw Out Live Baby
TAMPA, Florida — Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.
Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.
Only Renelique didn't arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.
What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic's owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant's umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.
Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.
Where do you start on a story like this? I have said something before and I stand by it today, the use of abortion as birth control in our society has devalued life. So a story like this is not surprising, it should be expected. When life is treated as garbage, why is it shocking that it is then discarded as such?
Naturally people who are anti-abortion were appalled by this story.
What is shocking though is that pro-abortion people are horrified as well.
Even those who support abortion rights are concerned about the allegations.
"It really disturbed me," said Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County chapter of the National Organization for Women, after reviewing the administrative complaint against Renelique. "I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics."
You know what I say to this? To Hell with them. They don't get to be horrified. This is a case of reaping what you sow. What Ms Sterner is saying in the above quote is that it is okay to murder an unborn child but it should be carried out in a dignified manner.
Finally, we have a lawsuit filed by the patient.
I will not attack this young lady here and ask my readers not to either. I take a hard core anti-abortion stance but have always been a little hesitant to condemn the women who have the procedure. This is not in anyway acceptance but an acknowledgement that it is not a simplistic matter. For one, I believe they are lied to by the abortion industry and misled on what is really taking place. For a young lady with no medical training, it is easy to misrepresent what they are carrying inside of them.
With this said, I cannot condone a lawsuit. She did go there for an abortion. She was effectively surrendering her rights to the baby. In my mind this precludes any claim for damage suffered by the baby.
What I want to see is the owner of this clinic convicted of premeditated murder and spend the rest of her life in prison. This may actually happen.
At 23 weeks, an otherwise healthy fetus would have a slim but legitimate chance of survival. Quadruplets born at 23 weeks last year at The Nebraska Medical Center survived.
An autopsy determined Williams' baby — she named her Shanice — had filled her lungs with air, meaning she had been born alive, according to the Department of Health. The cause of death was listed as extreme prematurity.
Should prosecutors file murder charges, they'd have to prove the baby was born alive, said Robert Batey, a professor of criminal law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. The defense might contend that the child would have died anyway, but most courts would not allow that argument, he said.
"Hastening the death of an individual who is terminally ill is still considered causing the death of that individual," Batey said. "And I think a court would rule similarly in this type of case."