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Pro-abortionists shamelessly distort evidence in the Purvi Patel case to mislead the public

by | Apr 9, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Purvi Patel (Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune)

Purvi Patel (Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune)

On Tuesday we re-posted a brilliant analysis written by Calvin Freiburger. His title is “Death, lies, and relativism in the Purvi Patel feticide conviction.”

If you missed it, take five minutes out now and read his in-depth look at a case pro-abortionists have grotesquely misrepresented–even more than they usually do. It is absolutely must reading.

The narrative, according to the pro-abortion set, is an ominous foretelling of the future. Patel miscarried and zealous prosecutors turned that accident of biology into conduct warranting a 20-year jail sentence.

For pro-abortionists, this is not about just one woman.

It’s what could (would, in their telling) be an example what will come to pass as we pass protective laws, particularly those that forbid aborting pain-capable unborn children. Freiburger correctly notes that pro-abortionists saw (and see) the Patel case “as a golden opportunity to push the meme that pro-lifers are secretly clamoring to throw post-abortive women in jail.”

Put another way, the abortiosphere would have you believe that the Patel case is the canary in the mineshaft.

Freiburger simply eviscerates all this nonsense. You do need to read his piece, so what follows is a summary of only a few of his most important insights.

There was a “deeply misleading” interpretation of the evidence provided by various sources, particularly Dr. Joseph Prahlow, the forensic pathologist, which pro-abortionists distort to argue that the prosecution had not proven that Patel ever took the abortifacients she’d ordered online from overseas or that Patel’s baby was born alive.

But Patel herself texted a friend that she had received–and taken–the abortifacient (as Freiburger put it) “for the express purpose of eliminating her [25-30 week old] son.” And then she texted, “Just lost the baby. I’m gonna clean up the bathroom and then go to Moe’s” [the family-owned restaurant].

The pro-abortion dismissal of the evidence that the baby boy was born alive is, of course, crucial. They argue that the test used was flawed.

But as Freiburger explains, the study used to draw that conclusion had been found to be reliable in 98% of cases. Moreover “Prahlow’s full investigation took into account the limitations of the test and compensated for them.”

One other point. Patel’s attorney argued that she had tried to revive her baby. But as Freiburger notes

As for the claim that she tried resuscitating her son, Prahlow “testified that Patel’s resuscitation attempts, as she described them, were so minimal that they wouldn’t have had any effect on the baby’s lungs.” Besides, the idea that she’d suddenly try to save her victim after planning to kill him for months simply doesn’t pass the laugh test, especially considering she already lied more than once about what happened.

Last month, I quoted WSBT’s Kelli Stopczynski admirable job of summarizing and quoting from the prosecution’s closing argument.

The state told jurors Patel’s intent was to give herself an illegal abortion, and that’s what prosecutors say she did.

“This whole production is about a little boy” said Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roule. “He wasn’t expected, he wasn’t wanted. He lived a brief and horrible life. What happened to him was very, very wrong.”


Roule reminded jurors about details they’ve already heard “” that the baby was born on the bathroom floor at Patel’s home. She wrapped him in plastic bags and put him in a dumpster behind Moe’s Southwest Grill in Mishawaka  — a restaurant her family owns.

Then, when her pain and bleeding wouldn’t stop, Patel went to the emergency room.

“She continued to lie to doctors and nurses — she tried to keep secret the fact that she’d been responsible for another life and done nothing,” Roule said.

Then, six months of text messages between Purvi Patel and her best friend about her irregular period, a positive pregnancy test in June and the abortion pills she ordered online and took, according to those texts.

According to WNDU

Patel’s attitude was perhaps captured in a text to a friend that read, “Just lost the baby. I’m going to clean up my bathroom floor and then go to Moe’s.

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