An unearthed news report from 1992 documented first-hand accounts of two abortion facility staffers who claimed they witnessed an abortionist grinding up aborted babies in a common kitchen garbage disposal before flushing them down the sink in his facility.
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The disturbing allegations caught on camera by TV Channel 2 in Charleston, South Carolina, were made against abortionist Jesse Floyd by his own clinic staff. They said that seeing fully formed body parts, such as the arms and legs of aborted children, led them to quit and come forward with the horrific details. At the time, Floyd operated the Ladies Clinic abortion facility in Columbia, S.C.
Abortion staff confessions
In the report, published online, abortion worker Lori Saunders admitted to working in Floyd’s “termination room.” She quit her job after witnessing the disposal of entire body parts of aborted preborn children at the abortion facility. According to Saunders, Floyd’s staff would place the aborted children in a “colander just like you would strain your rice and swish it around and put it down a disposal and turn the disposal on.”
“It wasn’t as bad when it was like tissue and stuff,” Saunders told the reporter. “But – when it got to be bones and stuff… that’s what really turned me against it.”
Saunders added that she “saw a leg about as big as my pinkie with a tiny foot on the end of it. And, that kind of did it for me.”
“That was it,” she said, “I couldn’t take any more after that.”
Saunders was not alone. Another of Floyd’s staff members, Celeste Danish, came forward as well.
Danish, who said her job was to “hand the doctor the jug with what was taken out of the mom,” worked for Floyd for about a month before she quit, the media report stated. Danish also witnessed Floyd dumping fetal remains into a “strainer,” including blood and body fluids and then grinding them up in a common garbage disposal.
Danish quit after she “recognized what was a fetus’ leg.”
Charges of murder and illegal abortion
The media outlet also detailed additional controversies related to Floyd, claiming, “In the early 1970s, Dr. Floyd was accused of raping a student nurse in a Columbia hospital. The charges were later dropped. In 1975, Dr. Floyd was indicted on charges of murder and performing an illegal abortion, for aborting a third trimester fetus. The fetus [sic] lived for three weeks after the abortion. Those charges were also dropped.”
According to the Washington Post (WAPO), the case of the indictment on murder charges began in 1974 “when a woman identified as Louise Doe, 20, describing herself to a social worker as ‘desperate’, decided to have an abortion.”
“Floyd performed the abortion at Richland County Memorial Hospital. According to his notes, he estimated… that Doe would be 25 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion…,” WAPO wrote.
Within two days of Floyd injecting the pregnant mother with prostaglandin, she delivered her infant son alive. A prostaglandin or drug-induced abortion involved an injection of a hormone-like substance into the amniotic sac, which caused violent contractions and eventual delivery of the often (but not always) dead child.
Her child was estimated to have been approximately 27 to 30 weeks (seven to eight months) at the time of the abortion and survived outside the womb for 20 days. State law prohibited third-trimester abortion unless two other doctors certified that the abortion was essential to protect the life or health of the mother.
Then-county prosecutor James C. Anders charged that Floyd willingly inflicted damage to a “vital” infant in the womb. And, in 1975, Floyd was indicted by a South Carolina grand jury on charges of murder and criminal abortion.
Floyd was defended by two attorneys, George Kosko and Roy Lucas who, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer (PI), argued that the abortionist merely made a mistaken diagnosis. Lucas was a lawyer who helped fashion the “right to privacy” legal argument used in Roe v. Wade, according to the New York Times. He was once nicknamed “the father of the new abortion‐reform movement” and filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of abortion rights for the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
According to WAPO, Floyd’s attorneys charged that the prosecutor suppressed evidence “that an abortion was necessary for the psychological well-being of Louise Doe.” Abortions for reasons of “health” at any stage of gestation were originally upheld by the Supreme Court in Doe v. Bolton, the companion case to Roe v. Wade.
In 1977, a three-judge panel blocked Floyd’s prosecution and declared the state’s prohibition on later abortions — which claimed that a fetus becomes viable at 25 weeks of pregnancy — to be unconstitutional. The appeals court, according to WAPO, said that if Anders had read Roe vs. Wade, “he would have known that the fetus in this case was not a person whose life state law legally could protect.”
According to PI’s “Dreaded Complication” series, Floyd was later asked about the risks that infants might survive late-term abortions. He replied that he thought abortions committed through the sixth month of pregnancy create “a problem to which there isn’t an answer.”
“We probably need to move back to twenty weeks,” Floyd reportedly said.
Citing “a reluctant witness” and that the “passage of time” had worked against the state in this case, the murder charges against Floyd were dropped in October 1979.
Today, children born as young as 21 weeks (five months and one week) are capable of surviving when provided with proper medical care. Despite this, states are still prohibited from passing laws restricting abortion earlier than 24 weeks (six months) though the majority of Americans want abortion to be restricted to the first trimester of pregnancy (approximately 12 weeks).
In addition, Floyd’s horrific practice of putting aborted babies into garbage disposals is something that still occurs today. A report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute’s (CLI) American Reports series detailed “horrific abuses” in the abortion industry regarding the remains of aborted babies. These babies are not given proper burials but are placed into garbage disposals, which empty into public sewers, and are disposed of in garbage dumpsters and landfills.
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