Argentine Catholic University in bid to save unborn child

The Catholic University of La Plata has offered to take full responsibility for the baby of a handicapped woman whose parents want her to abort the child, according to reports.

According to AICA News, University rector Ricardo De la Torre wrote to the Supreme Court of Buenos Aires province, offering "to help the young woman in all her needs and to assume responsibility for the child after his birth if the family of the young woman should decide they don't want him or cannot raise him."

"I also offer her counselling from our Department of Legal Medicine free of charge, as well as free medical care from health professionals at the University which I represent," he said.

"It is also the will of our Institution to provide the necessary means for collaborating as well in the adoption of the baby by another family if that be the decision of the young woman's parents."

The parents of the 19-year-old woman are seeking permission from the court for an abortion - the woman's pregnancy is the result of rape.

The Argentine Constitution recognises the humanity of the unborn child "from the moment of conception." Abortion is illegal except for rare cases of rape, or to save the life of the mother. Abortion advocacy groups are exerting pressure on the court to grant the parents' request.

Meanwhile, LifeSiteNews reports that an investigation is underway after police found the body of a baby at a Florida abortion clinic following a tip that the child had been killed there after birth.

An initial search revealed nothing, police said, but another tip on Friday from an additional source led them back to the clinic where they discovered the body of the male child—approximately 22-weeks gestational development—in a biohazard container.

"We were able to locate the mother of this child, who is an 18-year-old female. She, in fact, reiterated that she did come to this clinic to have an abortion, and she gave birth to the baby while waiting for the doctor to arrive. The doctor was not here," Lt Ralph Garcia of the Hialeah Police Department told a local NBC affiliate TV station.

According to the anonymous caller who reported the incident, after the woman gave birth to her child in the waiting room, "Employees cut the umbilical cord, put the baby in a bag and walked away with it," Garcia said.

Police Chief Rolando Bolanos ordered the clinic, A Gyn Diagnostic Centre, to close until the investigation has been concluded. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office has not yet determined the exact cause of death for the child. Police are waiting for the autopsy results to reveal if a homicide was committed.

Attorney Regina DeMoraes-Millan, representing one of the clinic owners and a clinic employee, told the Miami Herald that her clients were cooperating fully with the investigation.

"My clients run an abortion clinic. It's a legal business," she said.

Argentina University Offers to "Adopt" Baby Threatened with Abortion (Lifesite News 1/8/06)
Baby Born in Waiting Room Murdered at Florida Abortion Clinic (Lifesite News 31/7/06)

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2 Aug 2006