Archive for October 14th, 2008

Biohazard Bag Baby’s Death Blamed on Unlicensed Staff

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I want to point out several key statements in this story.

  • A civil lawsuit is being launched in the Florida case of a baby girl who survived an abortion procedure but promptly was shoved into a chemical-laden biohazard bag where police found the body nine days later.
  • In front of her shocked mother and a stunned clinic worker, “Shanice was stuffed into a medical waste bag filled with chlorine bleach just after she was delivered alive by abortion clinic owner Belkis Gonzalez,” the non-profit legal group said. “This all took place without any licensed medical personnel (doctors or even nurses) in attendance.”
  • The circumstances at the clinic have been confirmed, because after police intervened and started investigating the call from the clinic worker, 18-year-old Sycloria Williams came forward to confirm she gave birth to a living girl in the facility’s recovery room, and staff then began screaming “that the baby was alive.”

    “Ms. Belkis Gonzalez (the clinic owner. -ed.) cut the umbilical cord, threw it into a red bag with black printing. Ms. Gonzalez then swept the baby, with her hands, into the same red bag along with the gauze used during the procedure,” the police search warrant stated.

    At the time the body was found, a lawyer for the abortion business issued a statement that no crime was committed, and an 18-year-old had had an abortion without complications.

    But Tom Brejcha, president of the Thomas More Society, said, “Just because a human being is feeble or disabled and supposedly can’t live independently, on his or her own, doesn’t mean that anybody has the right to kill him or her.

    “If you suffocate a dying elder with a pillow, you’re guilty of homicide,” he continued. “If you fail to examine, or aid, or treat an infant – once born – who is struggling for breath and who – with proper care – has any chance to survive to live a healthy life, you should be held equally guilty.”

  • “Killing a baby born alive is still infanticide, and those responsible must be held to account civilly if not also criminally,”
  • That statement has an enormous amount of credibility.

    So does this next one…

  • “This is exactly the age baby Barack Obama as state senator fought against giving legal personhood status”.
  • A civil lawsuit is being launched in the Florida case of a baby girl who survived an abortion procedure but promptly was shoved into a chemical-laden biohazard bag where police found the body nine days later.

    Officials with the Thomas More Society of Chicago say they have begun work with Florida lawyer Tom Pennekamp Jr. on the case stemming from the 2006 death of Shanice Denise Osbourne.

    A funeral is scheduled tomorrow for the infant, 27 months after she survived an abortion at the A Gyn Diagnostic Center in Hialeah, Fla.

    In front of her shocked mother and a stunned clinic worker, “Shanice was stuffed into a medical waste bag filled with chlorine bleach just after she was delivered alive by abortion clinic owner Belkis Gonzalez,” the non-profit legal group said. “This all took place without any licensed medical personnel (doctors or even nurses) in attendance.”

    Although investigators previously have told WND they were pursuing criminal counts for Shanice’s death, no charges have yet been filed. The charges apparently have been delayed or prevented because of the abortion procedure.

    “While the Miami-Dade County medical examiner determined that Shanice was born alive, he concluded her death was ‘natural,’ resulting merely from her ‘extreme prematurity,'” officials with the Thomas More Society said. “Then so-called ‘experts’ publicly claimed that unless an infant could be proved to be ‘viable’ – able to live on her own – her killing could not be condemned as ‘homicide’ or otherwise culpable as a matter of law.”

    WND reported earlier when the death was reported, and then again when authorities confirmed the baby had been born alive.

    The investigation was delayed even though a search warrant cited probable cause for investigation of second-degree murder, because, according to the Thomas More Society, “the clinic owner put the baby’s corpse on the building’s tin roof where it decayed for days under the hot Florida sun.”

    “But police were called again. This time they found the body,” the report said.

    The legal group said the only formal disciplinary action that has been taken to date is a restriction imposed on the abortionist, Paul Renelique, who faces a further hearing Nov. 19.

    The society decided to intervene last year when it was clear criminal counts were not coming immediately.

    An investigator was hired, facts and witness statements documented, police consulted and a pathologist was retained.

    The expert, the Thomas More Society said, “critiqued the coroner’s botched findings and found that A Gyn Diagnostics’ unlicensed staff did play a causative role in the infant’s death.”

    That’s when the Florida attorney was consulted, and the process of notifications to bring a lawsuit over the “wrongful death” of Baby Shanice was started.

    Original Link.

    FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

    At last the government is calling the “honor killing” of two teen Muslim girls exactly what it is…an honor killing. We have blogged about this many times (see the previous posts here, here, here, here, here and here.)
    My only comment: it’s about time.

    Said Sisters

    Said Sisters

    Link to FBI wanted poster.

    Almost a year after two teenage girls were found dead — allegedly executed by their father — in the back seat of a taxicab in Texas, the FBI is saying for the first time that the case may have been an “honor killing” — and the bureau is angering Muslim groups by calling it that.

    Sarah Said, 17, and her sister Amina, 18, were killed on New Year’s Day, but for nine months authorities deflected questions about whether their father — the prime suspect and the subject of a nationwide manhunt — may have targeted them because of a perceived slight upon his honor.

    The girls’ great-aunt, Gail Gartrell, says the girls’ father killed them both because he felt they disgraced the family by dating non-Muslims and acting too Western, and she called the girls’ murders an honor killing from the start.

    But the FBI held off on calling it an honor killing until just recently, when it made Yaser Abdel Said the “featured fugitive” on its Web site.

    “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell everybody all along,” Gartrell told FOXNews.com. “I would say that’s a victory.”

    But others feel that calling the case an honor killing goes too far.

    “As far as we’re concerned, until the motive is proven in a court of law, this is [just] a homicide,” Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Dallas, told FOXNews.com.

    He said he worries that terms like “honor killing” may stigmatize the Islamic community. “We (Muslims) don’t have the market on jealous husbands … or domestic violence,” Carroll said.

    The United Nations estimates that 5,000 women are killed worldwide every year in honor killings — mostly in the Middle East, where many countries still have laws that protect men who murder female relatives they believe have engaged in inappropriate activity. A U.N. report includes chilling examples of such cases.

    “On the order of clerics, an 18-year-old woman was flogged to death in Batsail, Bangladesh, for “immoral behaviour,” the report reads. “In Egypt, a father paraded his daughter’s severed head through the streets shouting, ‘I avenged my honour.’”

    But Islamic scripture in no way condones such actions, Carroll said.

    “People have their own cultural nuances and norms from before they got their religion,” he said. “This is not Islamic culture.”

    Regardless of whether religion itself is to blame, Gartrell said it is important that society recognizes the case as having a cultural element, just to prevent similar crimes in the future.

    “That culture is so different,” Gartrell said. “If people had been more educated about it, they would have known that when the girls told people, ‘Dad wants to kill me’ — they were serious.”

    Many of the threats against Sarah and Amina Said were known to their friends and classmates.

    High school friends told the Dallas Morning News that the girls sometimes came in with welts and bruises, which they confided were inflicted by their father. One time, Yaser Said reportedly went into one daughter’s bedroom waving a gun and making threats on her life.

    After he threatened to kill one daughter in December 2007 — documented in text messages Sarah Said sent to a friend — the girls and their mother, Patricia, fled from their home in Lewisville, Texas, to Tulsa, Okla. But the mother soon had a change of heart and went back, leading to the tragedy on January 1. Some, including Gartrell, believe the mother may even have been complicit in the murders.

    Dr. Phyllis Chasler, author of several books, including “The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom,” said that the case fits the description of an honor killing.

    “The premeditation, the family collaboration, and the particular rules (set for the girls) make this consistent with an honor killing — not just domestic violence,” she said.

    She said she hoped that calling the case an “honor killing” might indicate a shift in attitude at the FBI.

    “I think this may suggest that law enforcement is beginning to realize that they may have to treat these incidents differently if they are to either prevent or prosecute,” Chasler told FOXNews.com.

    She noted that the United Kingdom has a special police unit to deal with “honor-related violence,” and said that she hoped that the situation in the U.S. does not get to the point where that becomes necessary.

    But an FBI spokesman played down the significance of the listing, saying that the change on the wanted listing was simply due to more information coming out about the case since it was first listed and that it shouldn’t matter what the case is called.

    “We’re just looking at how do we find the guy?” said FBI special agent Mark White, media coordinator in the bureau’s Dallas office. (Helpful hint to the FBI: Watch the mosques. -ed)

    Irving Police Department Public Information Officer David Tull agreed. “We just look at the facts. The man killed his two daughters. This is a domestic violence, multiple-capital murder case.”

    Tull said that, unfortunately, there have still been no sightings or major leads — a fact that distresses Gartrell.

    “I’m very upset about it,” said Gartrell, who argues that the case needs special consideration. “This is not a typical murder case. When a family member murders another family member to protect [the family] name — that’s different.”

    Original Link.

    By the way, keep in mind that you read Dr. Chesler’s comments here first.

    Rep. Mahoney Under Investigation

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

    A Democrat Representative from Florida, Tim Mahoney, has been placed under investigation for paying a former mistress, who worked on his staff. She sued him after he threatened her job when she tried to end the relationship. He was not only cheating on his wife with her, but was also cheating on her with other women.
    There are two aspects of this situation that I want to bring to the forefront.
    The first point is Mahoney won his congressional seat in 2006 after Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican, was forced to resign for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a congressional page.
    The second point is the Democrats knew about this since 2007 and hid it from the public until the story was recently broken by ABC News.
    True to form, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, claims to know nothing of this man’s history and problems. She has called for an investigation into this situation. I think the government types call this “plausible deniability”. That’s a fancy term for government believing that you are too stupid to see and understand the truth.
    Now it remains to be seen how long it takes for him to step down. If he steps down. As I recall, the last Dem who had this problem (his name escapes me at the moment) had to be forced to step down.
    Of course they’ve had Bill Clinton, the King of Inappropriate Relationships with Staffers While in Office, as their role model, so I can understand why the Dems are so confused about the right thing to do.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday called for an investigation into claims that Rep. Tim Mahoney paid $121,000 to a former mistress who worked on his staff and sued him after he threatened her job when she tried to end the relationship.

    Mahoney, D-Fla., also called for the probe into his own activities.

    Former and current staff aides made the claims to ABC News on Monday. Mahoney won his congressional seat in 2006 after Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican, was forced to resign in the wake of a scandal involving a congressional page.

    “I just learned today about the serious allegations concerning Congressman Tim Mahoney,” Pelosi said in a statement. “These charges must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the House Ethics Committee.”

    According to ABC News, Mahoney, who is married, started an affair with Patricia Allen while campaigning against Foley on a morality platform. Allen came on to his staff after he won the election in 2006, but when complaints about the alleged affair surfaced, Mahoney moved Allen to the campaign staff, aides told the broadcast network.

    ABC reported Allen tried to break off the affair after learning Mahoney was supposedly cheating on her and his wife with other women. In response, he threatened her job, ABC reported.

    “You work at my pleasure,” Mahoney told Allen in a taped Jan. 20, 2008, telephone call played for Mahoney staffers, ABC reported.

    House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel spoke to Mahoney in early 2007 about his personal conduct, FOX News confirmed Monday. Emanuel formerly headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the panel charged with electing Democrats to Congress.

    Sources told FOX News that Emanuel did not know the woman was a staff aide or that payments were being offered to her until informed by ABC News.

    “Upon hearing a rumor, Congressman Emanuel confronted Congressman Mahoney, told him he was in public life and had a responsibility to act accordingly and appropriately, and urged him to do so. They had no further conversations on this topic,” an aide to Emanuel said in a statement.

    Asked about the affair, Pelosi earlier said she didn’t know anything about the financial settlement.

    “This is completely news to me,” Pelosi said when pressed on whether the Democratic leadership kept quiet about the affair so as not to hurt his re-election chances.

    Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the DCCC this year, declined to answer a question about Mahoney.

    Mahoney is one of the most endangered Democrats in this election cycle.West Palm Beach is a conservative-leaning community that gave Bush an 8-point margin of victory in 2004.

    It’s widely argued that Mahoney won in 2006 less on his own merit than because of the scandal surrounding Foley. Knowing he’d be in the GOP crosshairs this cycle, Mahoney raised $2.5 million for re-election, but he faces a stiff challenge from Republican Tom Rooney, whose family owns the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Original Link.