Jill Stanek is a nurse, author, and speaker who works with Susan B. Anthony List. She left her career in nursing after witnessing babies left to die painful deaths as the result of surviving an abortion. She was one of the earliest “whistle-blowers” on this gruesome practice that is well-known in the abortion industry, but little known to the public. This testimony is provided by SBA List and N.C. Values Coalition.
Jill Stanek Written Testimony
May 6, 2021
Submitted to North Carolina Legislature
When I heard Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, describe during an interview the process by which doctors determine to shelve unwanted newborns to die, it hit painfully home to me.
He said, quoting, “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired.”
Governor Northam was right. That is exactly what happens. I know because I cared for a dying baby who was on the other side of that decision.
My experience was 20 years ago, but as Governor Northam made clear, it could have happened yesterday. I was a Registered Nurse at Christ Hospital in Illinois, when I learned it committed abortions into the second and third trimesters. The procedure, called induced labor abortion, sometimes resulted in babies being aborted alive.
In the event a baby was aborted alive, he or she received no medical assessments or care but was only given what my hospital called “comfort care”- made comfortable, as Governor Northam indicated.
One night, a nursing co-worker was transporting a baby who had been aborted because he had Down syndrome to our Soiled Utility Room to die – because that’s where survivors were taken.
I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone, so I rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived. He was 21 to 22 weeks old, weighed about 1/2 pound, and was about the size of my hand. He was too weak to move very much, expending all his energy attempting to breathe. Toward the end he was so quiet I couldn’t tell if he was still alive unless I held him up to the light to see if his heart was still beating through his chest wall.
After he was pronounced dead, I folded his little arms across his chest, wrapped him in a tiny shroud, and carried him to the hospital morgue where we took all our dead patients.
That word “comfortable,” which Governor Northam used, is particularly grating. How far will doctors go to comfort themselves for letting abortion survivors die? After I went public about survivors being taken to the Soiled Utility Room, Christ Hospital created what it called the “Comfort Room.” This was a small, nicely decorated room complete with a First Foto machine if parents wanted professional pictures of their aborted baby, baptismal supplies, and a foot printer and baby bracelets in case parents wanted keepsakes of their aborted baby.
Clearly, little abortion survivors desperately need North Carolina to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to provide them with legal medical protections and not leave open the decision whether they live or die.