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Abortion pill infanticide

Abortion | An criminal case exposes the dangers of abortion by mail
by Leah Hickman
Posted 11/02/20, 05:45 pm

A 26-year-old Newark, N.J., man faces a hefty fine and a possible four-year prison sentence for not seeking medical attention for his infant who survived a late-term, chemically induced abortion last year. Braden Mull and his girlfriend, Kalina Gillum, ordered abortion pills online from a company in India. Gillum allegedly took the pills on Sept. 18 at 29 weeks of gestation and gave birth to a live baby boy the next day in their Ohio apartment.

In the texts between Mull and Gillum during the ordeal, neither suggested getting emergency medical aid for the baby. When he returned home from work, Mull cleaned the bathroom and discarded the baby in a trash bag. Gillum later experienced complications, and Mull rushed her to the hospital, where doctors saw an umbilical cord but no baby. Law enforcement searched the apartment and found the child. Mull pleaded guilty to multiple charges on Tuesday, including child endangerment and abuse of a corpse. Gillum’s trial will take place on Nov. 3.

The incident has drawn attention to the dangers of abortion-inducing drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines limit medication abortions to the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Women must obtain the pills under medical supervision, though states with legal telemedicine abortions allow mothers to take the pill after a remote consultation with a physician during the pandemic.

But anyone can access the life-ending drugs online. Websites such as Aid Access, started by Dutch abortionist Rebecca Gomperts, illegally sell the pills to women in the United States. Aid Access fulfills orders through a pharmacy in India.

In March 2019, the FDA ordered Aid Access to stop mailing the drugs to U.S. women, but the site continues to operate. Unregulated distribution of the pills leads to unsupervised and dangerous abortions for women like Gillum who take the pill too far along in their pregnancies.

Most states allow surgical abortions until 22 weeks of gestation or the age when a baby can survive outside the womb, which is usually between 24 and 28 weeks. In states that have no gestational limit such as Colorado, New Jersey, and Vermont, Mull and Gillum could have aborted their baby, without facing any legal repercussions. Likewise, if they had obtained the pills from a U.S. abortion provider a few months earlier, they could have legally ended the life of their child.

Gabriel Vance, director of external affairs for the Ohio pro-life group Created Equal, commented on this irony when the couple received charges in February. “Why do we see the choice of these parents to intentionally kill their child as any different from parents taking the abortion pill regimen prescribed by an abortion facility or telemedicine and the mother delivering her dead child in a toilet during a legal abortion?” To Vance, cases like this one should force people to consider the immorality of “intentionally kill[ing] pre-born humans despite the legality of the method used.”

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Leah Hickman

Leah is a reporter for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Hillsdale College graduate. Leah resides in Cleveland, Ohio. Follow her on Twitter @leahmhickman.

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  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Tue, 11/03/2020 09:06 am

    A few months ago we were talking about the movie Unplanned with one of my mom's caregivers that had just come on shift. She made the comment that it wasn't a baby yet.  I said that's what Planned Parenthood tries to tell us but the PP worker in the movie realized that it really was a baby.  It was obvious that the caregiver had swalled the lie. 

  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 11/03/2020 02:25 pm

    Correct!  But let me add that if one has any sense of what murder is, they have NO CHOICE but to declare “it” not-a-baby. Otherwise, they would be guilty of murder when they take the so-called pile-of-cells, they deny is a baby, and flush it down the toilet.  Interesting, the “pro-choice” people really have no choice.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Tue, 11/03/2020 11:26 am

    The thing is, Gillum  could have walked into an abortion facility, gotten an abortion, even suffered complications, and no one would be facing any charges. At what point does "it" become a baby? This is a question I have posed to my pro choice friends. One insisted it is when the baby draws its first breath. Apparently, there is still horror with the thought of a "baby" being flushed down the toilet or being thrown out with the trash. There is hope for mankind yet. I pray for this young couple to find saving grace through Jesus Christ and forgiveness and restoration. 

  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 11/03/2020 02:32 pm

    I agree!  When I study the faces of this young couple I see, shame, confusion and guilt as the truth of what they have done sinks in. I pray as you, that they find Jesus Christ, He is their only hope now.