A doctor in Korea has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for killing a baby who survived an abortion procedure.
“Medical staff who participated in the operation have consistently said they heard the baby crying,” judges wrote in their decision.
“It is clear that the doctor killed the baby, who was born alive,” they added.
The doctor aged 65 years was convicted last Friday by the Seoul District Court for killing a 34 week old baby.
He reportedly placed the live baby in a bucket of water.
In Australia, a question on notice put by pro-life MP Mark Robinson revealed that 27 babies in Queensland had survived abortions in 2015 and were left to die.
In Western Australia, pro-life MPs have directed questions to the WA Minister of Health, the Ombudsman and the Coroner, revealing that at least 27 babies have survived abortions and were left to die between July 1999 and December 2016.
This means that at least one baby survives an abortion in Western Australia every year. In WA, The neglect of any human who is born alive is a crime according to the WA Criminal Code s290.
Answers to parliamentary questions have revealed that late-term abortions in WA are performed in two different ways.
Firstly, if there is expectation that the baby will survive the abortion, an injection of potassium chloride is administered into the foetal blood stream which causes the unborn baby to die from a heart attack prior to induced labour.
Secondly, if the baby is not expected to survive birth, potassium chloride is not administered and instead labour is induced through prostaglandin administered to the mother.
In 2017, FamilyVoice WA supported a 7000-strong petition calling on the WA Government to instruct the WA coroner to investigate these deaths. The WA Department of Health was not reporting these deaths to the WA Coroner, which resulted in the Ombudsman reporting he had no jurisdiction to investigate, and the Department of Child Protection was not alerted about these children