The little Italian abortion survivor, glimpsing an epidemic

I was out-of-pocket all day yesterday but read on my phone about the 22-week-old baby boy who survived his abortion for 2 days in Italy. The story was heartbreaking, more so because I know without a doubt babies his age are surviving their abortions every day across America and getting similar treatment. I would even venture to say this is a worldwide epidemic.

For instance, only last week I spoke at length after a pro-life event with an L&D RN who told me babies survive their abortions at her hospital, and doctors pressure nurses to give them 0-0 APGAR scores, in other words, chart that the babies were born dead when they were not. I could only urge the nurse to take action. There was nothing more I could do.

We have a Born Alive Infants Protection Act that is not being enforced, incredibly frustrating and painful.

BAIPA verbiage 2, abortion.png

The Catch-22 is representatives from DHHS told me enforcement of BAIPA is report driven....

They refused to proactively query hospitals and abortion mills on late-term abortion policies. (And this was under the Bush administration. How much less can we expect DHHS reps under Obama and Sebeliius to drag their feet?)

Yet hospital and abortion staff won't report what they know. Even if they do, we saw with the baby Shanice case in Hialeah, FL, that viability becomes an issue to prosecutors, when whether one would live or die if not murdered is absolutely irrelevant.

Back to the little Italian abortion survivor, the Telegraph carries an extended story, but here it is in a nutshell, from Sky News, and by the way, the baby wasn't a "foetus":

A baby boy who was left to die after a botched abortion has survived for two days.


The 22-week-old foetus later died in intensive care in the city of Rossano in southern Italy.

The baby's mother opted for a termination after scans suggested the child might be disabled.

The procedure was carried out at the Rossano Calabro hospital on Saturday but 20 hours after the operation the hospital chaplain was praying to the baby when he discovered it was still alive.

Father Antonio Martello informed doctors who immediately transferred the child to a specialist neo-natal unit at a neighbouring hospital where he died on Monday.

Italian police are investigating if there is a case for homicide or abandonment because according to Italian law, doctors have a legal obligation to preserve the life of the baby after it survives an abortion.

The Italian government is also considering an investigation into the conduct of the hospital staff....

And what was the baby's disability? According to

Prenatal scans had shown two malformations in the boy, in his palate and lip.

Cleft lip and palate.

[Map via Wikipedia]


The victim was a baby boy. The proper pronoun is therefore HE, not IT! How can a reporter not realize the humanity of a child in a case like this?

Posted by: Kelsey at April 29, 2010 8:06 AM


Some pro-choicer/aborts have said that BAIPA is a useless law for the fact that no one is ever charged under it.

What's wrong with this picture?

At least the mother in Italy wasn't burdened with the decision whether or not to save the baby.

Posted by: Janet at April 29, 2010 8:20 AM

I have an overwhelming sense as a LIFE intercessor, that this issue - induced abortion through forced delivery, and the treatment of its survivors - is an area that the LORD wants us to work very hard to expose. First of all, it is horrific, just utterly barbaric, and I think it is a way abortionists use to escape their own personal culpability (like the "chemical coat-hanger" RU-486) of having to dismember a baby during an abortion - Just induce and leave the too-small infant to die. These babies are forced out of the womb and presumed to be too young to survive, but there are babies who live for hours and even days after forced delivery, cast off and left to die and not protected by "health care" providers.

Exposing the barbarism of induced delivery abortion is another way of forcing people to look at the reality of what an abortion is. That baby never was a "blob of tissue" but it is a lot harder to write him off as one if you see an image him gasping for breath an hour after a forced delivery.

Personally I think a legal case could be made for the constitutionally protected personhood rights of these children as they are forced early from the womb, and are clearly persons, breathing and with a beating heart, before and during delivery and for a period of time after delivery.

Laws should be strengthened on a state level to increase health care workers' responsibility and protection (whistle-blower laws directly related to BAI) and legal consequences for not reporting violations of born alive infant protection statues and laws.

The Prolife movement needs to trumpet this from every mountaintop. If we do not, our enemy will see our lack of resistance and push to the next level of atrocity, which is out and out infanticide of unwanted full-term children, already born. If you deny this can happen, you have not been paying attention - it is already practiced in other parts of the globe; coming soon to a neighborhood near you, IF we don't RESIST this devil and cause it to flee.

Posted by: Amy 1 at April 29, 2010 8:22 AM

Operation Rescue has a reward for whistleblowers on abortionist who break the law. Maybe there should be one for nurses to record these babies being left to die.

Posted by: RooForLife at April 29, 2010 8:46 AM

This is the sort of news I don't miss as a former editor ... it just destroys me emotionally every time I read of such occurrences. How can people be so flipping callous and hard-hearted?

I truly do not understand this world. We'll save the whales but we'll also murder our children. Old "Horns" really has done a number on world, hasn't he?

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Posted by: Tom Ambrose at April 29, 2010 8:47 AM

Perhaps, since "born-alive" infant protection laws currently exist and are not being enforced, health care workers can be convinced to report the violations and the strong arming and coercion by abortionists who force them to violate the law - IF Prolife lawyers begin to sue abortionists, hospitals and other "health care" providers in CIVIL court for damages related to the trauma that L&D nurses and other health care workers involved have had to endure due to the abortionists breaking existing laws, and the implied threat of loss of employment, advancement, etc.

It is, after all, all about the money for the abortion industry. Laws will not curb their bad behavior, but large financial awards against them, and the legal fees associated with being tied up by many different lawsuits all over the nation will. We must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves in this.

Posted by: Amy 1 at April 29, 2010 9:02 AM

Aborted for ... a cleft lip??? Wow.

Posted by: Bekah Ferguson at April 29, 2010 9:31 AM

The quest for the perfect baby... it makes me wonder what kind of parents these people would have made and why would they want a child in the first place.

How can you want a child for 22 weeks and then decide, for superficial reasons, that the child is not good enough for you. I can't imagine how traumatic it would be to go through labor and deliver a child intended to die, or what kind of mindset a person would have to have for it not to be traumatic.
I am 23 weeks pregnant as I write this and I cringe and catch my breath if I feel any cramping. I am terrified of going into pre-term labor for fear of losing this precious boy. To deliberately end his life, especially after feeling him tumble and kick... it is beyond comprehension.

Posted by: Heather M at April 29, 2010 9:37 AM

Dhalgren? Thoughts?

Posted by: Alex at April 29, 2010 9:39 AM

Cleft palate. For heaven's sake...

How do you say "fool" in Italian?

What, that free healthcare in Italy couldn't treat the little bambino?

Posted by: carder at April 29, 2010 9:45 AM

Good point, RooForLife. According to OR's website, the reward program applies to ALL violations of the law by abortion businesses.

"The list includes (but is not limited to)…
•Health / Safety Risks
•Statutory Rape
•Sexual Harassment
•Sexual Assault
•Child Abuse
•Income Tax Evasion
•Medicaid Fraud
•Insurance Fraud
•Money Laundering
•Physical Assault
•Consumer Fraud
•Employment Issues"

So I don't see why BAIPA violations wouldn't come under that. Jill, would it be possible for you to pass this info on to the RN you spoke with?

Posted by: Kelsey at April 29, 2010 9:46 AM

Where's the outrage from the church?

We are indeed in the Last Days when the sheep and goats are being separated for judgment.

Posted by: Phil Schembri is HisMan at April 29, 2010 9:55 AM

"Dhalgren? Thoughts?
Posted by: Alex at April 29, 2010 9:39 AM"

Dahlgren has left the room.

Posted by: Andy at April 29, 2010 10:18 AM

My wife was an LVN in a public hospital for many years. She's retired now, but when she was 'challenging the boards' to get her LVN license, she had to work in many areas of the hospital. One, of course, was OB/Gyn and L&D (Labor and Delivery). She chose OB/Gyn rather than L&D as they performed abortions there (hey, at least it was a public hospital).

At the hospital where she worked, nurses and aides were given a choice to opt out of anything dealing with abortion, of course, she retired nearly 20 years ago, so I have no idea if that is still the case.

The point I'm trying to make is if this policy is the case at most hospitals, then you're mostly going to get people 'OK' with abortion working with the abortionists.

There's also the whisleblower status turning someone in gives you. I'd imagine it is very hard to turn on someone you've worked with for years.

Posted by: Andy at April 29, 2010 10:26 AM

(Sarcasm!) Because you know that cleft lip and palate is SO not fixable... just impossible, right? He'll be disabled for the rest of his life. It's not like a routine, relatively cheap surgery would fix him up just fine, right? Sniff. (/sarcasm)

Puh-leeze. Abortion is so lame to begin with, but using a cleft lip and palate as some sort of "well, I had to because 'it' was disabled" excuse is just... stupid.

Poor little boy.

Posted by: army_wife at April 29, 2010 10:33 AM

I am so very sorry sweet little boy. So sorry you were alone and trying to survive...alone. I am so sorry that your own mother had forsaken you, the doctors had forsaken you, the world had forsaken you. You were such a fighter!!!

Now you are safe, sweet boy.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 29, 2010 10:45 AM

Though my mother and father forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Psalm 27:10

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 29, 2010 11:00 AM

Our oldest son was born with a large cleft lip and palate about 12 years ago. We were told "don't take him home. He's most likely going to have severe genetic anomolies and will be a failure to thrive. You'll just end up bringing him back to die". We refused, and this child is such a blessing. He has a fantastic sense of humor, has been reading at the high school level since 4th grade according to state tests, loves military history, and is an amazing handsome kid. He's had surgeries and braces, but so have I. Disabled? NO. Blessing? YES. Moms and Dads, love your baby and reap blessings.

Posted by: Jodi at April 29, 2010 11:00 AM

From Wikipedia: A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery, especially so if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood.

So this is enough to kill? Wow, our society is messed up.

Posted by: M at April 29, 2010 11:32 AM

Thank you Jodi for that beautiful testimony! My nephew was born with a cleft lip and at 10yo is the JOY of his mother's life!!

Posted by: Peg at April 29, 2010 11:36 AM

Thank you, Jodi!!! So glad you refused that medical advice!!

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 29, 2010 11:42 AM

Maybe O'Reilly or Hannity would be interested in this story...

I agree with you. It's time to bring this horrible practice to the fore again.

Posted by: Janet at April 29, 2010 11:52 AM

Joaquin Phoenix is one of our most talented actors and he was born with a similar 'deformity'. I was born a premie myself. I treasure the stories of how my parents worried about me, visited me, watched over my incubator, unable to cuddle me until weeks later. My mom laughed when I got older how she could slip a ring on my finger like a bracelet. My parents were ordinary people facing adversity. How awesome they were. I hope our society returns to humanity. Soon.

Posted by: ninek at April 29, 2010 12:01 PM

It is my sincere desire that the same indignation and outrage over aborting a baby with cleft lip and palate, will be extended to babies who are aborted for fatal diagnoses, like anencephaly, certain trisomies, renal agenesis, etc. All of these little lives were created with purpose, and only the hand of God should determine when they return to Him. Someone's perception of the quality of life a person will have (even if that life is only for days, moments, or only in the safety of its mother's womb ) should never be the determining factor in the quantity of life they experience. Babies with fatal prenatal diagnoses are every bit as 'fearfully and wonderfully made' as those who are without.

Some may find this interesting.

Posted by: G.A.I.L. at April 29, 2010 12:06 PM

What a lovely story, Jodi. Thank you.

The actor Stacey Keach also was born with a cleft lip/palate.

Posted by: Phillymiss at April 29, 2010 12:57 PM

Dhalgren? Thoughts?

If a 22 week-old fetus is removed via a D&E and still has a heartbeat, it is a botched abortion. But by no means, it is not 'born.'

This post is based on nothing but myths, misconceptions, and lies.

Doctors in the US are advised to stop a fetus' heart before performing a D&E if they feel there is any risk of such an error being made. And Obama is in no way involved in enforcing the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. That is for Holder and his USAs to enforce.

Posted by: Dhalgren at April 29, 2010 1:06 PM

So was AZ Congressman Trent Franks, which I think is one reason he's such a hard core pro-lifer. Just saw him on Fox this morning discussing the AZ immigration bill.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 29, 2010 1:08 PM

What is the difference between this boy("botched abortion")and a preemie born at 22 weeks?

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at April 29, 2010 1:42 PM

Prenatal scans had shown two malformations in the boy, in his palate and lip.


Posted by: Badger Catholic at April 29, 2010 1:43 PM

Posted by: carder at April 29, 2010 9:45 AM

"How do you say "fool" in Italian?"


Same as in English, Irish, and Kenyan:

Barrak Obama.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at April 29, 2010 1:48 PM

Ken, that was funny. You're getting better.

Posted by: Hal at April 29, 2010 1:59 PM

Posted by: Dhalgren at April 29, 2010 1:06 PM

"Doctors in the US are advised to stop a fetus' heart before performing a D&E if they feel there is any risk of such an error being made."


Three questions d' halgren:

1. What is the species of the 'fetus' are you talking about?

If you are not sure, just check the species of the female that conceived the fetus.

2. Just what exactly is the 'error' that is being made here that the medical professionals should have avoided?

3. How did you survive this long being as willfully ignorant as you are?

Should we attribute it to the misapplied mercy and kindess of straners?

Are you a beneificiary of the 'endangered species' act?

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at April 29, 2010 2:03 PM

My cousin was born with a cleft palate, though not the lip part. He had surgery and he has a slight speech impediment today (he's almost nine), but seriously? Not a huge devastation.

"If a 22 week-old fetus is removed via a D&E and still has a heartbeat, it is a botched abortion. But by no means, it is not 'born.'"

Only if you're a Shakespearean thane...

Posted by: Marauder at April 29, 2010 2:20 PM


how can you possibly say that a child who leaves his mother's womb and his heart is beating and he is breathing (which he had to be to still be alive all that time later) has not been born?

According to Webster's: birth is "1 a : the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent b : the act or process of bringing forth young from the womb"

This child was born. It may not have been the intention, but he was born, alive, which is the whole point of the "BORN ALIVE INFANT PROTECTION ACT".

Way to try to get around the law... oh, no, I don't have to provide medical care. This child with a heartbeat who is breathing wasn't "born alive", he is just a botched abortion. Um, no... heart beating, lungs breathing... that equals BORN ALIVE.

Posted by: Elisabeth at April 29, 2010 2:51 PM

It is well known that cleft lips and cleft palates can be corrected by surgery. So why would you want to abort an otherwise wanted child, just because of a correctable condition? This society has become so abortion happy that it's considered the first solution for everything an unborn baby might experience in the future. Somebody is getting profits form the abortions and they want abortion to be the first choice, no matter what. If it was up to them, there would be no babies born. They'd all be aborted for the profit of the abortionists.

Posted by: Ceecee at April 29, 2010 3:39 PM

We have been hearing so much good news lately I think it is only a matter of time before nurses start speaking up.

Posted by: myrtle miller at April 29, 2010 4:27 PM

several thoughts:
First of all, God is good. he provided a priest at the hour of death for this tiny soul. Simply amazing. A little saint in heaven this day.

Aborted for ... a cleft lip??? Wow.
Posted by: Bekah Ferguson at April 29, 2010 9:31 AM

Bottom line for proaborts: the baby HAS to die. :(

Posted by: angel at April 29, 2010 4:48 PM

My son was born with a correctable birth defect about on par with a cleft palate called hypospadias. Thankfully, it isn't something that can be detected via ultrasound. I hope it never is. It chills me to my soul to think that people would kill their little boys because of this completely correctable condition.

Posted by: Lauren at April 29, 2010 4:55 PM


I would love to give up my day job, but I don't think americans have quite recovered from their morning after buyers remorse of voting for b.o. because they thought he would really be different.

It would still be a little pre-mature to rub salt in their as yet unhealed wounds, though the additional pain might serve a thereauputic value as some sort of aversion therapy.

None is a as quick to anger as a fool exposed while waist deep in his own folly.

Posted by: yor bro ken at April 29, 2010 6:26 PM

My nephew Sam, whose 9th birthday is today, was born with a cleft lip. Its easily fixable. How sad that this little child was considered "imperfect"!

If you want to help children around the world get their surgeries, The Smile Train is a good organization to donate to. You can donate as little as you can afford ($250 is how much needed for the surgery).

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at April 29, 2010 6:48 PM

liz, i want to donate to the smile train! i've seen them advertise in magazines. these abortions are all disturbing because it seems like women are aborting, well,....just because! i cannot believe that women actually want this for themselves. or for their children. it's so confusing to me!??????????

Posted by: Heather at April 29, 2010 6:54 PM

Dhalgren. Wow - you are REALLY uniformed, or just being disingenuous. We are talking about "induced labor" abortion, specifically on this thread; or "Forced delivery." The cervix is often manually dilated and the mother is given a drug to stimulate labor and the baby is delivered, presumably too early to survive outside the womb; but many times DO survive the delivery and are BORN ALIVE.

Just in case you have doubts/unbelief about this, Here is the description from ACOG's website:

"For abortions later in pregnancy, labor may be induced with drugs that can be put in the vagina, injected into the uterus, or given through an intravenous (IV) line. Prostaglandins, the most widely used drugs for labor—inducing abortions, cause the uterus to contract. Other agents—such as saline, urea, or oxytocin—are used less often. Sometimes more than one drug is used to induce labor.

These drugs usually cause labor within 12 hours and the abortion usually occurs within 12–24 hours. Labor–inducing drugs may cause side effects such as nausea, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea."

Dhalgren, dilation and extraction, otherwise known as "partial-birth abortion" is no longer performed in this nation (legally).

Posted by: Amy1 at April 29, 2010 8:58 PM

None is a as quick to anger as a fool exposed while waist deep in his own folly.
Posted by: yor bro ken at April 29, 2010 6:26 PM

so true.

Posted by: Hal at April 30, 2010 12:08 PM

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