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Born alive after abortion part 8: doctor lets baby die, gets probation
Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo

Posted on 05/10/2013 8:36:06 PM PDT by Morgana

On June 12 of 1984, a thirteen-year-old girl went to West Park Hospital in Philadelphia seeking an abortion. She told the abortionist, Dr. Joseph Melnick, that she was about four months along (1).

It is unknown what steps, if any, Melnick took to verify the age of the baby, but the pregnancy turned out to be much more advanced. During the abortion, a three-pound, nine-ounce baby girl was born alive. The doctor ordered that no action be taken to help the infant. He immediately filled out a death certificate and waited for the child to die. A nurse defied the doctor and attempted to save the baby. She tore up the death certificate Dr. Melnick had written, and, when the child stopped breathing, she began administering CPR (2). Her lone efforts were not enough to save the little girl. The child lived for an hour and a half. She was not transferred to the ICU or given the care that a wanted newborn would have received. Only the anonymous nurse, who went unnamed in newspaper reports about the incident, tried to help her.

According to the autopsy, the child had a healthy head of hair and skin consistent with “a neonate” (newborn). The autopsy also determined that she was eight months old. Melnick was reported making the following understatement when he found out the autopsy results: “After the fact, it occurred to me that I had miscalculated [the baby’s age].”

Melnick was arrested and charged with homicide, involuntary manslaughter, infanticide, and two violations of the state’s Abortion Control Act, which forbade abortions after six months. Melnick argued that the baby had been stillborn, but a number of nurses testified that they had seen the baby gasping and moving (3).

Under questioning, Melnick broke down and admitted that the baby had indeed been breathing when it was born.

The defense attorney argued that a guilty conviction would have a “chilling effect” on abortion providers and claimed that the prosecution was motivated by opposition to abortion.

Judge Lynne Abraham may have agreed. She found Melnick guilty of only one charge, infanticide, for which the evidence was overwhelming. She gave him no fine or jail time – only probation and community service. In explaining why she did not fine Melnick, she said: “I know the resources of Dr. [Joseph Melnick] have been strained. Quite candidly, it’s not my intention to impoverish anyone by imposing fines.”

Incidentally, Melnick’s defense attorney was good friends with the judge who gave him such a light sentence. Defense lawyer Richard A. Sprague called himself a “friend and mentor” of judge Lynne Abraham. At the time of Melnick’s trial, they had been friends for years (4).

1. “Doctor Gets 3 Years’ Probation for Infanticide” New York Times, Late Edition 20 Dec 1989: A.24.

2. Linda Loyd “Doctor sentenced in abortion death” Houston Chronicle 20 Dec 1989: 11

3. National Report San Francisco Chronicle 20 Dec 1989

4. Daughen, Joseph R Iverson lawyer Sprague and Philadelphia district attorney on familiar ground Knight Ridder Tribune News Service [Washington] 25 July 2002: 1.

Additional Sources:

Leslie Bond. “Melnick Convicted Of Infanticide in Death of Live-Born Aborted Baby.” National Right to Life News, June 22, 1989, pages 1 and 11;

Debra Braun. “Murder Charge Dropped Against Abortionist.” National Right to Life News, March 14, 1985, pages 1 and 8.

TOPICS: Conspiracy; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; prolife

1 posted on 05/10/2013 8:36:06 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
The doctor ordered that no action be taken to help the infant.

This just couldn't be. I specifically remember then craphead Senator Obama telling us that we didn't need the ‘born alive act’ because doctors just wouldn't do such a thing. What a flat out diabolical monster we have as president. God help us.

2 posted on 05/10/2013 8:42:27 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps

This was 1984 was Obozo even a craphead senator back then?

3 posted on 05/10/2013 8:47:50 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

***She told the abortionist, Dr. Joseph Melnick***

Do you mean Dr. Mengele?

4 posted on 05/10/2013 8:49:59 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Alex in chains

Beat me to it.

5 posted on 05/10/2013 10:38:16 PM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: Alex in chains

Reading the story quickly, I originally read it as Mengele and had to go back. I guess when the brain is reading about evil it reads certain things a certain way.

6 posted on 05/11/2013 12:41:14 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Morgana

So tell me folks which is the most humane thing to do.

Cut the babies Spinal Cord and kill it , or just leave it lying in a shoe box until is gasps it’s last.

We have to come to a consensus on this because obviously this is happening more often and young abortionists need an answer.

Nancy calls this Disgusting, but she voted for it.
Obama voted for it before he was President.

Do not think for a moment that it isn’t happening.

7 posted on 05/11/2013 4:24:28 AM PDT by Venturer
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