Florida abortion clinic leaves baby who survived a botched abortion to die in a biohazard bag

by 1389 on May 9, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), abortion/pro-life, crime, Florida

Says buzzsawmonkey:

“There needs to be a weekly—yes, weekly—Gosnell Award given out to these places.”

NRO: Abortion’s Underside

(via Weasel Zippers)

Kermit Gosnell is not the only seedy backroom abortionist operating in the age of Roe v. Wade.

By Jillian Kay Melchior

Sycloria Williams was recovering from a botched abortion at her Pompano, Fla., home on July 21, 2006, when two homicide detectives knocked on her door. They asked if she knew why they were there. “Yes,” Williams said immediately. “Because the baby was born alive.”1

It took investigators one week and three separate searches to find the corpse of Williams’s infant, which was hidden away in the abortion clinic in Hialeah, Fla.2 It was a tiny black girl, only 25.5 centimeters from head to toe, born prematurely on July 20. Her body was badly decomposed, discolored and infested with maggots, but the autopsy report and an expert physician’s review both suggested she had drawn breath on her own before she died.3

The body had been hidden, according to a tip received by the police, on the roof4 or perhaps in the dropped ceiling of the abortion clinic,5 then later in a biohazard bag within a medical-waste box in the malodorous recovery room.6 Florida’s Department of Health later alleged that Williams’s doctor had “falsified [her] medical records in an apparent effort to conceal his errors and the true events of July 20, 2006.”7

Those “true events” — the alleged murder of an infant who was not supposed to be born alive — turned out to be harder to sort out than anyone expected, and the conclusion also proved hazy. In the end, no one was successfully held responsible for the infant’s death in either criminal or civil court, despite efforts at prosecution.

The sensational case of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell, which finally gained coverage from the reluctant media, has revealed the ugly operations of an abortion clinic where live-born babies were allegedly murdered, their spines snipped with scissors, and where women received abortions in horrifyingly unsanitary conditions. Many sustained internal injuries; one woman even died, drugged up on cheap Demerol.

The Gosnell case prompts the question of how common similar practices are. A National Review investigation revealed the troubling history of three Florida abortion clinics, located in Miami, Hialeah, and Miramar, that have had several run-ins with the law. After a 2004 tip proved accurate, two owners and two staff members were successfully prosecuted for unlicensed medical practice; and, although there was no conviction, it appears that Sycloria Williams’s baby was born alive and murdered at the Hialeah clinic in 2006. Furthermore, some of the clinics’ doctors have records best described as routine medical violence against women. Yet despite their fraught past, the three clinics remain fully operational today. And they are a critical but often-neglected part of the picture of abortion in America.

Dr. Frantz Bazile arrived in Florida with a shady medical record. According to a complaint by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, in September 1987, Bazile had performed a late-second-trimester abortion on a 17-year-old, which he thoroughly mangled. He lacerated her vagina and cervix, also digging out spongy material from her body that he failed to recognize was mature placental tissue. The girl consequently began bleeding profusely, so Bazile began suturing her vaginal vein. Finally, an ambulance had to be called, and the girl was taken to the hospital for an emergency C-section. The baby was born alive, but it died later the same day.8The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation accepted a proposed settlement from Bazile, placing him on three years’ probation.9

It was apparently soon afterward that Bazile moved to Florida, where he immediately ran into more trouble. The Miami New Times reported that in 1990, a patient named Gwendolyn Bolton claimed he had misdiagnosed her appendicitis, although no negligence was found, and the case was dismissed. Also in the early ’90s, Bazile was taken to court for allegedly performing an abortion on a 17-year-old without parental consent. This case was also dismissed, and it’s unclear whether a settlement was paid.10

Around this time, Bazile came into contact with a woman named Belkis Gonzalez, with whom he eventually shared a residential address.11 How long the two had known each other is unclear — Bazile never responded to my interview request, which was left with a receptionist at his office in Hialeah — but according to a complaint filed in the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida in 2009, Bazile and Gonzalez had had a sexual relationship in addition to a professional one, conceiving one or two children together.12 Details about Gonzalez are scarce; official records say she has little more than a high-school education and considers Spanish her language of choice. She later told authorities that she had attended university for a mere six months, but she nevertheless began calling herself a medical assistant.13 At the time of publication, she has not returned my interview request, left with a receptionist at the clinic in Miramar.

In 1994, Bazile and Gonzalez filed articles of incorporation for a Hialeah abortion clinic, A Gyn Diagnostic Center, listing a woman named Siomara Senises as the vice president. Senises also has not responded to a message requesting an interview, but corporate records show she had served as vice president of A Woman’s Care Abortions in Miami, of which she helped found in 1989. A Gyn Diagnostic Center, the original clinic in Hialeah, was dissolved in 1997 for reasons that are unclear, but in 2000, it reopened under the name A Gyn of Hialeah, Inc., located in the same office, with Bazile listed as president, Gonzalez listed as secretary, and Senises listed as vice president and treasurer. In 1999, Gonzalez and Senises began a third clinic, A Gyn of Miramar.14 The details of Bazile’s medical practice at these clinics over the years are unclear, but he does perform abortions at the Hialeah clinic today.
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1 Elaine May 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

There are no words to express my feelings of horror.
Doctors should not only have their medical licenses ripped off of the wall, but also be arrested. Then PLACE THEM IN WITH THE ENTIRE PRISON POPULATION at a State Prison.
The Inmates will fulfill the justice! Believe me! They will!!!

2 Stadskind August 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I have always considered myself to be firmly pro-choice. Being 13 weeks pregnant, I recently found out that an amniosynthesis can only be done AFTER 16 weeks. Thankfully, I do not need an amnio as of yet, but I had a regular first trimester screening for downs syndrome (blood test and sonar) and I enquired about the implications if they found complications. I have experienced some non-threatening issues with my pregnancy (relating to persistent vomitting upwards of ten times a day, every day) and as such I have already had three sonars. The first was at four weeks, when all you could see is what we affectionately termed ”blobby”. The second was at eight weeks, when you could clearly see arms and legs flaying about everywhere. We think that ”blobby” must have been experiencing quite a bit of my discomfort at this stage, because there was an inordinate amount of movement – as if he was insisting ”get me out of here!”. The most recent scan was at 12 weeks and you can already clearly see five fingers on each hand. He appears to enjoy sucking his thumb a great deal. Also, he appears to be sneezing, although my gyne insists those are hiccoughs. Being pro-choice, I found this reality to be very disconcerting. Abotions for downs syndrome are routinely performed up to 18 weeks. I found this idea to be absolutely horrifying, especially as I was not aware that methods such as injections to stop the heart in vitro existed for abortions of gross abnormmalities, I had only ever heard of dialation and suction tecniques being used. Now, here is the thing, abortion clinics do NOT use the injection method (taking around 2 minutes to cause cardiac arrest and thought to be painless, as adults have previously died from overdoses of this substance in their ivs) – they either use the abortion pill, which is ADVERTISED as safe for use up to seven months, or manual vacuum aspiration. With the injection, the mother is required to go through labour with the still born child, without anesthesia, which will surely discourage this decision (based on valid medical evaluation of quality of life) from being made lightly. Now, I am quite aware that premature babies often survive at seven months. In fact, they survive more often than not. So I started wondering, if the abortion pill is used just prior to 28 weeks, surely some babies must survive at least some time after birth? So what, they were just left to die? Even though an infant in hospital, born as a twin at a mere 22 weeks, survived an entire two days without any medical intervention? A medical student who saw this, told me ”the boy died quickly, but she just did not want to die”. I can’t imagine how abortion on demand can possibly be legal after seven weeks, nevermind how literally hundreds of abortion clinics can advertise their services for up to 28 weeks or seven MONTHS! The more I read, the more I just want to vomit. It is truly barbaric. Abortion clinics advertise that they perform sonars prior to termination, but I wonder if they EVER show these to the mothers. Because I cannot imagine how anyone, short of rape or gross abnormalities, could possibly see a sonar at 12 weeks, where you can count the fingers and see the nose and observe the early personality (for why else would it be seeking comfort?) and not think this is more than just a collection of tissue?

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