Babies left in toilets: Not as uncommon as you think

“I’ve done this for 36 years. I thought I had seen everything. I have no words to describe how I’m feeling about this.” 

~ Police spokesman Rudy Lopez, West Covina, California

The delivery of a full-term newborn baby, left to die in a toilet at a California Subway restaurant, has left citizens stunned – including a member of the police force with nearly four decades of experience. The baby boy, who was still alive and crying, was born to a local woman with a history of drug abuse. As California has a “Safe Surrender” law which allows mothers to relinquish their babies to fire stations or hospitals, “no questions asked, within the first 72 hours of birth, so long as the child shows no signs of abuse,” this mother clearly had several choices. She chose to leave her child for dead and has now been arrested for abandonment.

Many other women have also chosen to leave their babies for dead in toilets. And while this is understandably horrifying for the witnesses, what people like Officer Lopez and the West Covina community may not understand is that it isn’t as uncommon as it should be for babies to be left for dead in toilets. In fact, this is standard practice for some late-term abortionists.

Operation Rescue states that “the toilet delivery method is used by a number of abortionists, including Florida abortionist James Pendergraft.” OR describes the late-term abortion procedure this way:

On the final day of the abortion, the woman is given the drug Oxytocin, which induces or augments contractions and the onset of labor. Women then are placed in a room where they endure the final stage of labor process. When it is determined that the labor has progressed to the point where the baby is about to be delivered, each woman is usually taken into a room with a toilet and told to lean on the nurse and push the baby into the toilet.


Baby Rowan

Indeed, it was abortionist Pendergraft’s EPOC abortion facility in Florida that was the site of a call placed by a frantic mother after her nearly 23-week baby boy was delivered into a toilet in 2005. Baby Rowan lived for 11 minutes – and the abortion facility staff kept his mother inside the bathroom while they turned away the ambulance that the woman’s friend had called for help.

In Live Action’s InHuman investigation at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an investigator posing as a late-term abortion patient was instructed to “sit on the toilet” if she should go into labor before returning to the abortion facility to complete her abortion. It is obvious from the conversation that sending abortion patients to hotels to labor during the process is common procedure, and that a contingency plan is in place in the event of an early delivery:

An unnamed counselor at the facility advises Live Action’s 27-week-pregnant investigator:

If we can’t catch it [delivery of the dead baby – the final stage of the abortion procedure] early enough, which has happened … then you’ll want to unlock the door to the hotel room, get your cell phone, and just sit on the toilet.  You don’t have to look at anything … you can stay on the phone with us until the doctor and nurse get there[.]

Dr. Carmen Landau echoes this advice, telling the Live Action investigator to “sit on the toilet” and “unlock the hotel room.”  “Just sit there,” Landau says, “and you would not move until we come and get you.”

Also in the InHuman investigation, a Bronx, New York, abortion facility worker was caught on tape instructing a 23-week, late-term abortion patient that if she went into labor at home before the two-day procedure was completed, she should “flush it”:

If it comes out, then it comes out. Flush it. … if anything, you know, put it in a bag or something or somewhere and bring it to us.

And we can’t leave out convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who did the same thing at his “house of horrors” abortion facility in Philadelphia. Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic wrote:

For this isn’t solely a story about babies having their heads severed, though it is that. It is also a story about a place where, according to the grand jury, women were sent to give birth into toilets; where a doctor casually spread gonorrhea and chlamydiae to unsuspecting women through the reuse of cheap, disposable instruments; an office where a 15-year-old administered anesthesia; an office where former workers admit to playing games when giving patients powerful narcotics; an office where white women were attended to by a doctor and black women were pawned off on clueless untrained staffers.

But Friedersdorf is sadly mistaken when he later states, “Any single one of those things would itself make for a blockbuster news story.”

Well, it would – if the media actually reported it. Widely exposing the fact that women often abort nearly full-term babies into toilets would not be pretty for the abortion industry. The mainstream media reluctantly reported on the Gosnell case – claiming he was an “outlier” – but tend to ignore or downplay atrocities at other abortion centers on a regular basis.

In the case of the Subway baby, paramedics instructed employees to “get the baby out of the toilet” to save his life because they recognized he was human – not human waste.

We unfortunately can’t expect those who perform abortions for a living to do the same.

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