The Birth of Hope
May 3, 1999
On April 6, 1999 a baby girl named Hope was born. She was 22 weeks
old. She lived for three hours, then, after being rocked and sang to,
she quietly passed away.
This by any measure is a tragedy and breaks this mother's heart to
think of the loss. But Hope was not your typical pregnancy and
Hope wasn't a premature delivery but rather a "complication" of a
partial birth abortion. Her mother wasn't the one who lovingly held
her as she died; it was instead a caring emergency room technician.
Her parents weren't the ones traumatized by the loss of this child; it
was the doctors, nurses and staff at Bethesda North Hospital in
Cincinnati, Ohio, who were forced to witness this most cruel procedure
Baby Hope's (named by the medical staff at Bethesda) mother was
undergoing a three-day abortion process at the Dayton Women's Health
Center, Inc., an abortion facility that, according to its own
publication, only performs abortions to 20 weeks, performing
ultrasounds to determine gestation before undertaking any procedures.
However, something went wrong on this late term abortion and on the
second day the mother began experiencing abdominal pains. She was
rushed to Bethesda North and it was there that Baby Hope was born. In
a final act of rejection, the child was turned over to the nursing
staff to be cared for as she died. The physicians determined at her
birth that her lungs were too underdeveloped for her to survive.
There have been no other reports of any medical abnormalities on Baby
Hope. Her cause of death was being prematurely born. Also, there are
no reports of her mother suffering any type of condition that would
have prevented her from carrying this pregnancy to full term.
This, my friends, is not an abortion. This is infanticide. This was
a living, breathing, thinking human being with feelings and emotions.
She felt the pains of premature birth, and she felt the struggle for
life that she could not hold on to. Her name was Hope and she
deserved better than this.
Editor's Note: Penny chose to entitle her piece the Birth of
rather than the Death of Hope. We hope you all understand why...
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