On July 20, 2006, 18-year-old Sycloria Williams went to the A Gyn Diagnostic Center in Florida to complete an abortion procedure that she had begun several days earlier by means of drugs. When the doctor who was to have performed the abortion didn't arrive in time, Williams went into labor and gave birth to a live baby girl.
Whereupon one of the clinic's owners came and cut the umbilical cord, stuck the baby and the afterbirth into a biohazard bag, and threw them into the trash. An autopsy on the remains showed that the baby had filled her lungs with air -- confirming that she had been born alive.
Williams is now suing the doctor and the clinic. "I don't care what your politics are, what your morals are," says Tom Pennekamp, one of her attorneys. "This should not be happening in our community." "People all over the country are just aghast," says Tom Brejcha, another attorney. Even Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County NOW chapter has public said she was "really disturbed" by the incident. "I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics," says Sterner, leaving one with the inescapable feeling that her real problem with what happened was that it brought Sycloria Williams face to face with what she had done. As attorney Pennekamp summed it up: "She came face to face with a human being. And that changed everything."
Let's hope that it has changed everything for Sycloria Williams, and that she has repented. We wish that it would change everything for American society, and that the country would repent. But the question arises: How can this incident shock the conscience of a nation that just elected President a man who doesn't think there should be any laws against what happened to this little baby girl?