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Nearly full-term baby who survived botched abortion is drowned

by | Apr 15, 2020

Staff said “they heard the baby crying”

By Dave Andrusko

As pro-life writer Sarah Terzo observed, the case of a South Korean abortionist who was sentenced Friday by The Seoul Central District Court to only 42 months for drowning a 34-week-baby baby born alive following a “botched” abortion, is reminiscent of a famous 1977 case of Dr. William Waddill.

Waddill, an American abortionist, was tried for strangling a baby girl born alive after an abortion. The difference is the jury deadlocked in Waddill’s trial and he was never held accountable.

There are not many details in the Korea Times story but enough to make your heart sink.

The mother was only 16, Jung Min-ho reported. “Medical staff who participated in the operation have consistently said they heard the baby crying,” a three-judge panel of the court said in a statement. “It is clear that the doctor killed the baby, who was born alive.”

Yun [he was identified only by his surname] ran a maternity clinic in Seoul. He “received 28 million won ($23,000) for the operation from the mother of a pregnant girl, 16,” Min-ho reported. “Yun was later indicted on murder charges for putting the live baby in a bucket of water.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, an unborn baby who reaches 34 weeks has virtually the same survival rate as a baby born at full term.

There is nothing in the brief story to indicate if the charges were reduced or (for whatever reason), sentencing the 65-year-old Yun to 42 months in jail and suspending his medical license for three years was deemed adequate punishment.

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