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Live Action investigation conclude that “Gosnell not alone in late-term abortion brutality”

by | Apr 29, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

la-logoLive Action, which has done extensive investigative work into the abortion industry, has released two more disturbing videos which raise serious questions about how an abortion clinic would handle a “botched abortion”—a baby who survives.

You can read Live Action’s full report (“Gosnell not alone in Late-Term abortion brutality”) and see the undercover videos taken in the Bronx, New York, and Washington, DC at; and

There were enough disturbing, cavalier comments to shake the resolve of all but the hardest-core pro-abortionist. However because according to the Live Action video they came directly from the abortionist’s own mouth (as opposed to a clinician or counselor), the comments of Washington, DC abortionist Cesare Santengelo are particularly definitive.


Santangelo begins by explaining the abortion technique (the complexity of which was not told to the woman by the nurse) which takes place over two days.

“Hopefully we’ll get this pregnancy out intact, but it doesn’t always happen that way,” Santangelo tells an undercover Live Action investigator who is 24 weeks pregnant.  Asked if the baby would ever “move or anything when it comes out,“ Santangelo, says, “I try and sever the umbilical cord first, and we wait for that to stop pulsing, and this way the fetus is expired first, so it doesn’t [come out alive].”

But asked if “it” [the baby] has “ever survived,” Santangelo candidly admits, “It could.” He explains how they dilate the cervix and “some people go into labor before we do the procedure.”

Asked “what do you do,” Santangelo answers

“I mean, you know, technically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive.  But, you know, it probably wouldn’t.  It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point.”

A moment later, he says

“You know, there are certain things you do. Obviously, you’re here for a certain procedure [an abortion] and if your pregnancy were—Let’s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know?  Then we would do things – we would – we would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate, let’s say.”

The undercover agent asks, “So you would make sure it didn’t survive then,” which evokes, “Yeah, we wouldn’t do any extra.”

Asked if that meant nothing extra “to help it,” Santangelo answers

“Yeah. It would be, you know, uh, a person, a terminal person in the hospital, let’s say, that had cancer, you know?  You wouldn’t do any extra procedures to help that person survive.  Like ‘do not resuscitate’ orders.  We would do the same things here.”

Asking one more time,  the Live Action investigator inquires,

“You wouldn’t, like, intubate or anything like that?”

“No, no, no, no.”

“You would just let it–let it go?”

“Right, Yeah. It’s too early to survive, and you wouldn’t go into labor anyway for the most part. And, uh, basically we’ll take care of it. All right?”

In fact a study published in the journal “Pediatrics” in  2010 found that  55% long-term survival at 24 weeks LMP.  A study published in “JAMA” in 2009 found 67% long-term survival at 24 weeks LMP in Sweden.

The Washington, DC, video was released the day after Live Action released another product of its six-month-long investigation—a video Live Action says was shot at the Women’s Health Center on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Here the statements by a woman described as a clinician have to be heard to be believed.

The Live Action investigator asks

“And then like, you know, if, if it didn’t work, you know, what would they do? Like, do you know what I’m saying? Like if it was there in one piece, if you’re this far along?

“Clinician: No, we never had that for ages, of being it would survive this, no.”

It is fair to infer that live births have taken place.

At that point there is a back and forth discussion about what would be done with the baby’s remains. (They would be put in a jar and sent to the lab.)

But “what if it was like twitching or something like that?” What if “it” is breathing?

“It will automatically stop. It won’t be able to breathe anymore. Not with the solution,” which the clinician later says is “toxic.”

The Live Action investigator inquires about what happens if she goes home at the end of the first day and “it pops out?” The clinician responds

“If it come out, then it comes out. Flush it!”

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