Abortion is legal and it is heralded as safe — but for Jaime Lee Morales, who died at age 30 from her 23-week abortion, it was the opposite. She died on July 9, 2016 in Queens, New York. Now, nearly two years later, a jury will decide the fate of the late-term abortionist who not only ended the life of her preborn child, but who is charged with causing Morales’ death as well.
The manslaughter trial for Robert Rho began in April, with almost zero media presence or coverage. The 2013 trial of convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell began in a similar way. After 18 days of trial, the jury is deliberating if Rho is to be found guilty of second degree manslaughter. If so, he could face 15 years in prison.
Live Action News recently published Nancy Flanders’ explanation of disturbing aspects of the case, which involved a disturbing video of Morales. Her condition and death would be consistent with the negligence and lack of care from Rho, including questionable techniques for the abortion process used on Morales; failing to check Morales’ vitals after she fell and hit her head following the procedure; and concerns over anesthesia being properly administered.
Late-term abortionist Rho was not a licensed anesthesiologist, nor did he employ one, nor did he administer any sedative while he committed a second procedure on Morales. Instead, he instructed his staff to hold her down for the procedure. Morales had already been hemorrhaging from the first procedure, which resulted in a nicked cervix and damaged artery. He then stitched her cervix shut, making it appear that the bleeding had stopped, but instead, it began to fill her abdomen.
Here’s what an abortion at 23 weeks looks like — it is no simple, safe procedure:
No ambulance was called for Morales, and she as released despite being in poor condition. She didn’t even make it home, as she collapsed and died later at the hospital.
Abortion advocates sought to defend the industry amidst the 2013 trial of Gosnell, claiming that he was an outlier. Five years later, Rho, another late-term abortionist several states away, is similarly being charged with the death of a patient who was treated so cavalierly.
Closing arguments, reported by Operation Rescue, paint a sensational scene. Defense attorney Jeff Lichtman attempted to evoke “ties of unfairness, like slavery” with the jury, calling the trial “a modern-day lynching” because Rho is Asian American. Lichtman claimed that the prosecution’s mention of Morales’ aborted child being found in a garbage bag was simply meant “to sway [the jurors’] emotion.” He also tried to blame Morales’ death on her lupus. This would not be the first time a woman’s death from abortion was blamed on something else.
If anyone is treated with “ties of unfairness,” it is preborn children and their mothers, both victims of abortion, who die untimely and brutal deaths, but who are too often swept under the rug.