February 7th, 2009

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Abort, abort!

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A doctor's license was revoked Friday in the case of a teenager who planned to have an abortion but instead gave birth to a baby she says was killed when clinic staffers put it into a plastic bag and threw it in the trash.

The doctor, Pierre Jean-Jacques Renelique, also is the subject of a criminal investigation. Renelique was not present when the baby was born, but the Florida Medical Board upheld Department of Health allegations that he falsified medical records, inappropriately delegated tasks to unlicensed personnel and committed malpractice.

Joseph Harrison, the attorney representing Renelique at the license revocation hearing in Tampa, said Renelique has not decided whether to appeal.

The state attorney's office, meanwhile, said its criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing and no charges have been filed. A fetus born alive cannot be put to death even if its mother intended to have an abortion, police said when the incident occurred in 2006.

The baby's mother, Sycloria Williams, sued Renelique, the clinic and its staff in January, seeking damages.

She alleges in her suit that "she witnessed the murder of her daughter" and said she "sustained severe emotional distress, shock and psychic trauma which have resulted in discernible bodily injury."

"This is not about a pot of gold," said Tom Pennekamp, her attorney. "What this is about is right and wrong and making a statement, making sure it doesn't happen to other young women."

According to the suit, Williams, then 18, discovered while being treated for a fall that she was 23 weeks pregnant. She went to a clinic to get an abortion on the morning of July 20, 2006, after receiving medication and instructions the previous day.

Renelique was not at the clinic, however, and Williams was told to wait for him. She was given two pills and told they would make her ill. When she complained of feeling ill, clinic staff members gave her a robe and told her to lie down in a patient room, the suit says.

Renelique was still not present when Williams "felt a large pain" and delivered a baby girl, according to the suit.

"The staff began screaming and pandemonium ensued. Sycloria watched in horror and shock as her baby writhed with her chest rising and falling as she breathed."
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A clinic co-owner entered the room and used a pair of shears to cut the baby's umbilical cord, the suit said. She "then scooped up the baby and placed the live baby, placenta and afterbirth in a red plastic biohazard bag, which she sealed, and then threw bag and the baby in a trash can."

Staff at the clinic did not call 911 or seek medical assistance for Williams or the baby, the suit said.

Renelique arrived at the clinic about an hour later and gave Williams a shot to put her to sleep. "She awoke after the procedure and was sent home still in complete shock," the suit said.

Police were notified of the incident by an anonymous caller who told them the baby was born alive and disposed of.

"The complainant [Williams] observed the baby moving and gasping for air for approximately five minutes," according to a police affidavit requesting a search warrant for the clinic.

Two search warrants found nothing, but officers executing a third warrant "found the decomposing body of a baby in a cardboard box in a closet," the suit said.

I'm always curious what someone who supports abortion thinks when the read an article like the one above. I've never been able to understand how those people seem to be able to partition their minds when it comes to a fetus. For most of them, the only thing that seems to differentiate the difference between whether something is just a clump of cells or a human being is whether the mother wills it to be. It's almost never because of something scientific or quantifiable, like development or viability or anything. If the mother decides she wants an abortion, then it's automatically a parasitic clump of cells that do not deserve protection and if the mother decides she wants to keep the baby, then it's afforded the protection right from the start.

In the case of the article, does it matter whether the they aborted the fetus or actually delivered it and then smothered it to death? If all that's important is the mother's decision about whether to terminate the pregnancy, you would think it's all kosher no matter what. I find it pretty offensive that the seacow is suing in the first place. She wanted to kill the kid from the start. Is she upset now that its death was a little more distressing than she had hoped? Oh, if only they had vaccu-sucked its brain out while it was still up her hoo-ha, it would have been so much cleaner. To me, it feels like it's the same damn thing. Either both instances would be murder or both would be perfectly morally justifiable.

On a sidenote, who the fuck names their daughter 'Sycloria'? It sounds like a intestinal parasite that causes explosive diarrhea. It's no wonder that she turned out to be a sue-happy babykiller with a name like that. Her parents might as well have named her Chlamydia because they thought it sounded pretty.
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Writer's Block: Fearsome

I've never actually done one of these writer's block thingies because they looked stupid. Acknowledging that means that I'm admitting I'm stupid since I'm now participating. My reasoning is this....I had nothing better to do. Maybe it won't suck as much ass as I think it will. I figure I'll give it a week or so and see if I like it.

The boogeyman, global thermonuclear war, being forced to eat broccoli—there's a lot to be afraid of when you're a kid. What was your biggest childhood fear?

My biggest fear as a kid was that everyone in my family would die in the middle of the night and leave me all alone. I would actually wake up and wander over to my mom's bed to make sure she was still breathing. I know I scared the shit out of her at least once doing that. It's never a good thing to wake up in the middle of the night and find someone looming over you.
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The great rape ape

I just started watching the show Lie to Me on Hulu and it's been pretty spiffy so far. I caught a promo advertisement for it on tv a while back and had always meant to check it out, but it slipped my mind until now. The basic premise of the show is that the main character studies facial and body response, using that information to determine whether a person is lying or telling the truth. In the second episode the problem to be unraveled involves a rape, and it got me thinking. The scenario in the show reminds me a lot of a similar circumstance that I debated about once and I thought I'd pitch it to all of you out there and see what you think.

I'm going to describe a series of events and I'd like to know whether you think what I'm describing qualifies as rape or not.

Two people work at an office and over time get to know each other pretty well. The male employee is the female employee's boss. One day, after the office christmas party or some other get together, they end up splitting a cab to go home. The man invites her into his apartment for a nightcap and she agrees, thinking that they'll just have some coffee and talk. Once inside the apartment, he propositions her. She thinks about how if she says no, he could go apeshit and fire her or otherwise try to ruin her career so she says yes and they knock boots.

Was she raped?


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