This week, anti-abortion rights group, Live Action, released two videos shot in an undercover abortion clinic sting. The videos were shot at two separate abortion clinics, one in Washington, DC and the Bronx, NY.
One video features a D.C. doctor, Cesare Santangelo, who said that in the unlikely event that an abortion resulted in a live birth, “we would not help it.” Santangelo was answering repeated questions from an undercover operative about what would happen, hypothetically, if she gave birth after an unsuccessful abortion.
“I mean, technically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive, but . . . it probably wouldn’t,” Santangelo is shown telling the woman, who was 24 weeks pregnant. “It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point.”
Santangelo also told the Post that he didn’t watch the video because he considers the anti-abortion group “terrorists.”
In the video shot at the Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center in the Bronx, N.Y., the undercover operative stated she was 23 weeks pregnant and pretending to seek a late-term abortion is told by a clinic staffer that the baby would be immersed in a chemical solution and sent to a lab — even if it came out moving or breathing.
“The solution would make it stop [moving] … That’s the whole purpose of the solution,” the unidentified worker says.
When asked what to do if the baby were born after the two-day abortion procedure had begun, the worker said, “If it comes out? Flush it.”
Live Action is calling for both clinics to be investigated. The organization plans to release more videos as part of a campaign targeting clinics that perform abortions late in pregnancy, also known as “late-term” abortions. It claims that the videos show that abortion doctors are willing to kill babies in violation of the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, which requires them to try to save a child born during a failed abortion using the same measures used in miscarriages or preterm births at the same stage of pregnancy.