Reason 21 – Commemorative Photos of Aborted Babies

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Commemorative Photos of Aborted Babies

In 1999, Jill Stanek, a Registered Nurse (RN) at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  found an aborted, but surviving baby “left to die alone amidst bio-hazardous human waste and dirty soiled sheets in an untended utility closet. To add insult to the infant’s already egregious injury, his convulsing wriggling body was callously deposited next to a urinal.”[i] Nurse Stanek indicated that the baby was being left there by a co-worker, who had participated in the abortion surgery and who had duties to perform on another floor.  “When she told me what she was doing I couldn’t bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone.”She reportedly “cradled and rocked” the baby until he died 45 minutes later. [ii]

Stanek described this event in her 2001 testimony before the U.S. Congress and the Illinois State Senate’s Judiciary Committee.  She also described for the Committee, the so-called “Comfort Room” that Christ Hospital had installed in December, 2000 – apparently in response to her public statements:

“Meanwhile, here in Illinois, life and death go on. Four months ago, Christ Hospital unveiled its ‘Comfort Room.’ So now I can no longer say that live aborted babies are left in our Soiled Utility Room to die. We now have this prettily wallpapered room complete with a First Photo machine, baptismal gowns, a foot printer, and baby bracelets, so that we can offer keepsakes to parents of their aborted babies. There is even a nice wooden rocker in the room to rock live aborted babies to death.”[iii]

According to Ms. Stanek, then State Senator Barack Obama was “’unfazed’ by her testimony.”[iv]

Life quotes an AP report, noting that in 2001, Obama gave his position on the “born alive” issue as follows:

“It would essentially bar abortions because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this was a child then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”[v]

In other words, then State Senator Obama logically deduces that if a child survives late term abortion and is still alive after being fully separated from the mother, then the child is, in fact, a living person and we are not allowed to kill living people.  His answer however, was not to stop the murders, but apparently, to simply ignore the life.

[i] Citizen USA (Oct. 30, 2008), Citizen USA web-site, Stanek blasts Obama’s refusal to protect babies ‘Born Alive’ during abortions, retrieved January 19, 2012 from

[ii] Ibid

[iii] Jill Stanek (March 27, 2001), Transcript of testimony before Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, provided through Dan Zanoza, RFM News, Subject Exclusive from RFM News Jill Stanek testimony on live-birth abortion, retrieved January 19, 2012 from

[iv]  Abraham Katsman, (April 3, 2008), Jerusalem Post, Obama is no moderate: His radical position on ‘abortion’ after birth, as quoted by Jill Stanek, (April 4, 2008) Jill Stanek Blog, Oy! Obama/Stanek make Jerusalem Post,  retrieved January 19, 2012 from archives/2008/04/oy_obamastanek.html

[v] Senator Barack Obama, (March 30, 2001), quoted in Steven Ertelt (Feb. 11, 2007), Life web-site, Barack Obama Launches 2008 Candidacy With Pro-Abortion Record, retrieved January 9, 2012 from