Leaders of pro-life advocacy groups in Ohio are calling for an investigation into a local abortion clinic after the remains of a second-trimester aborted baby were found in a dumpster on the premises.
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio executive director Denise Leipold said at a recent press conference that a pro-life volunteer found the dismembered body of the child in the trash at Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls last month.
According to Life News, the volunteer found the remains wrapped in a bloody surgical sheet. The baby’s left leg, left foot, and right hand were fully intact, Leipold stated, while the rest of the baby’s body is presumed to have been brutally damaged by a dismemberment abortion.
“This heartbreaking situation puts the reality of abortion on full display,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, according to Life News. “Abortion is not empowering. It is the violent and bloody ending of a baby’s life. Our hearts are broken by what this helpless child suffered.”
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Pro-life advocates estimated the baby was between 16 weeks and 17 weeks gestation, and a photo displayed at the press conference showed that the baby’s foot was about 1 inch long. Northeast Ohio Women’s Center advertises abortions up to 15.6 weeks on its website.
Leipold said the baby’s body is in the custody of a funeral director, and they hope to provide the baby with a dignified burial at some point in the future.
Along with the baby’s body, she said the pro-life volunteer found used urine cups, soiled suction cannulas, bloody blue surgical papers and other items that appear to be infectious waste, a possible violation of state environmental hazard and disposal regulations.
Items with patients’ names and contact information also were discovered in the trash – likely HIPAA violations, Leipold said.
Leipold stated that the alleged findings “violate several Ohio statutes, not to mention violating the dignity of the child.”
“It is a tragedy that a woman can legally choose to end the life of her preborn child,” Leipold said. “It may be legal, but that doesn’t mean it is morally or ethically right. The discovery made at this abortion facility only proves the disregard for the sanctity of life, along with a total disregard for the law, and the wellbeing of our community.”
“Abortion is a blight on our state and its legality speaks against any moral high ground our society could claim to have,” Gonidakis said. “We will do everything in our power to hold the abortion industry accountable for their actions.”
“This baby found in the NEOWC trash has suffered the greatest injustice that can be inflicted upon any human being,” said Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society. “The child is a rejected human person, rejected by his or her own mother, sliced apart in an unspeakable act of violence, and then literally treated as trash! We must expose this atrocity. It is so painfully obvious that such killing should be a crime and made illegal.”
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