New Mexico abortion doctor caught on audio telling woman to just sit on toilet if 27 week fetus comes out
An undercover operative for an anti-abortion group recorded a New Mexico doctor who informed her that she should sit on the toilet if her 27 week old fetus started to come out while she was away from the clinic during a three-day abortion process.
This is the latest in a string of such recordings made by the group Live Action and the second to feature Dr. Carmen Landau from Albuquerque’s Southwest Women’s Options clinic.
After the informant is told her fetus will be injected with an agent that stops its heart, one of the clinic’s counselors advises the woman to sit on the toilet if the stillbirth begins while she’s away from the clinic.
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Websites like Town Hall and the Daily Caller have referred to this as a ‘Room Service Late-Term Abortion.’
‘If you’re feeling the pregnancy coming out,’ the counselor is recorded saying, ‘you’ll want to unlock the door to the hotel room, get your cell phone, and just sit on the toilet.’
The woman is also advised to not call 911.
‘They would freak out,’ says Dr. Landau, ‘you would freak out, and then you would end up in some ER where you don’t want to be, where they can’t help you.’
The clinic in question is known as a place where women can seek late-term abortions. That is, abortions initiated after 20 weeks.
Southwest Women’s Option is, consequently, a target of anti-abortion groups like Live Action. This particular investigation is part of the group’s Inhuman series.
‘To see how prevalent the horrifying conditions and practices now hitting the airwaves are,’ reads the group’s Inhuman webpage, ‘Live Action went undercover in late-term abortion clinics across the country.’
A previous investigation in New York taped a conversation between a woman pretending to want an abortion at 23 weeks and a counselor who told her a solution would stop her baby’s breathing if it came out squirming.
In the Albuquerque recording, the pregnant woman is further along but apparently misrepresents this to the clinic upon her arrival.
‘What we get is that you’re 27 weeks,’ says a doctor at the clinic.
‘Oh, really,’ says the undercover woman.
‘Does that change how you feel about this,’ the doctor asks.
The Washington Examiner reports that healthcare workers at the clinic counsel the woman, making sure she is certain she wants the abortion. They also ask if the father is in agreement with her choice.
The video comes out a moment when late term abortions are a hot issue in American politics.
Last week, Texas state lawmaker Wendy Davis grabbed headlines with her 11-hour filibuster on the state senate floor that aimed to halt a vote that would abortions after 20 weeks.