Failed abortion: Baby born alive after failed termination at Arizona facility

A baby was born alive after an abortion was performed at 21 weeks of gestation at a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, recently released 911 audio files revealed.

(Reuters/ Cathal McNaughton)Bernadette Smyth, Director of the Precious Life organisation, poses for a photograph in her office with a life size replica of a foetus at twenty weeks, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 27, 2012.

In February, 911 reportedly received a call from the Family Planning Associates clinic asking for help after a baby who was supposedly aborted was born alive. Firefighters who responded to the call brought the baby to the Banner University Medical Center, but the baby died later, Life News relays.

Police reports say the clinic staff saw the baby move for more than 10 minutes after it was delivered. She said she saw the baby move and gasp for breath when she tried to put the baby on a weighing scale, KPNX 12 News reports.

Recently, NBC 11 Alive obtained 911 audio files which reveal more details on what happened after the botched abortion. In the call, the worker said the fetus had vital signs but they could not provide the needed medical service save oxygen.

"There was a termination that was performed. There is a fetus that is breathing right now, so we need someone to do services," the clinic worker told the 911 dispatcher. "... The fetus is breathing so we need care for it now. We can't provide that care except for oxygen and we're trying to keep the fetus stable until someone arrives," the clinic worker continued.

Based on abortionist Eleanor Stanely's police statement, she gave the 27-year-old mother medication to induce an abortion. She also said she did not find a heartbeat when she checked several times, so she may have believed that the baby was already dead,

The clinic reportedly did the right thing by calling 911 because federal law dictates that a clinic is obligated to provide medical service to a baby born alive after an abortion.

Pro-life activists gathered for a prayer vigil outside the abortion facility after the reports on the incident surfaced in February. They also named the deceased baby Chava, which means "life" in Hebrew.