Florida Abortionists Leave Women Mangled, Aborted Babies in Biohazard Bags
A National Review investigation that revealed the disturbing history of three Florida abortion clinics has again prompted the question of how common “Gosnell-type” abortion practices are in the United States, despite the abortion industry's claim that, with Roe v. Wade’s decriminalization of abortion in 1973, the procedure would now be “safe” and “legal.”
In July of 2006, Florida homicide detectives found the corpse of a black female infant, the child of Sycloria Williams, hidden away in an abortion clinic in Hialeah. Tips to the police suggested the body had been hidden in a biohazard bag within a medical-waste box in the recovery room of the clinic.
Though the baby’s body was already badly decomposed, an expert physician suggested she had been born alive. Florida’s Department of Health alleged that Williams’ doctor had “falsified medical records in an apparent effort to conceal his errors and the true events of July 20, 2006.”
According to National Review, abortion clinics in Miami and Miramar have also had “run-ins” with the law, including several doctors who “have records best described as routine medical violence against women.”
Nevertheless, the three abortion clinics remain open today.
For example, at the abortion clinic in Hialeah, Dr. Frantz Bazile performs abortions today, despite having arrived in Florida with an already disreputable history. In 1987, a complaint by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (DPR) stated that Bazile had performed a late-second-trimester abortion on a 17-year old girl. His attempted abortion lacerated her vagina and cervix to the extent that the patient began bleeding profusely. Bazile then began suturing her vaginal vein; eventually, the girl was taken to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Though the baby was born alive, it died later the same day.
The Illinois DPR accepted a settlement from Bazile, and placed him on three years’ probation.
Soon afterward, Bazile moved to Florida, where more questionable medical practices were dismissed, including an abortion performed on a 17-year old without parental consent.
In 1994, Bazile and a woman named Belkis Gonzalez, with whom he reportedly had children, filed articles of incorporation for a Hialeah abortion clinic, listing a woman named Siomara Senises as the vice president. Senises had served as vice president of A Woman’s Care Abortions in Miami. The Hialeah clinic eventually was called A Gyn of Hialeah, Inc.
In 1999, Gonzalez and Senises started a third clinic, A Gyn of Miramar. Eventually, the three hired a doctor named Robelto Osborne, who also had a disturbing history of practicing medicine.
In 1996, Osborne had performed an abortion at 18 weeks’ gestation at a clinic in Hialeah owned by Senises’ business partner in her Miami clinic, Maria Peguero. Osborne perforated the young woman’s uterus and damaged her intestines. In addition, he failed to abort the entire baby: its right arm, right shoulder, and thorax remained in the young woman’s abdomen after the procedure, causing the need for a partial resection of her small intestine. A malpractice suit led to a settlement; Osborne has been sued in Miami-Dade County at least five times since 1996.
In 2000, the Florida Department of Health reports that Osborne botched another abortion, this one performed on a 41 year-old woman who was 18 weeks pregnant. Following the abortion, the woman experienced pain and bleeding and was given an injection before being sent home, where she began to hemorrhage. Osborne never returned her calls, so she went to the hospital, where it was discovered that her uterus had been severely perforated. In addition, parts of the baby had been left inside. The woman required a “total abdominal hysterectomy.”
Though the state of Florida had revoked Osborne’s medical license in 2004, when he was working at the abortion clinics of Gonzalez, Bazile, and Senises, police received a tip several months later that unlicensed personnel, including Osborne, were performing abortions in the Miramar clinic. Osborne later testified that after the owners found out about the revocation of his license, it was “business as usual.”
Osborne also testified that Senises, who does not have a medical license, assisted him with abortions. She was ultimately sentenced to three years’ probation. Gonzalez also pleaded “no contest” to charges that she had practiced medicine without a license.
The National Review investigation found that another employee of the clinics was Kieron Nisbet, who was licensed as a house physician based solely on false information he provided on application papers. However, even valid house physicians must be employed by a Florida licensed hospital and under the direct supervision of an MD.
However, Nisbet illegally performed abortions at one or more of the clinics, according to witnesses. In 2004, a judge issued an arrest warrant for him, but police discovered that Nisbet had fled to Trinidad.
For her intended abortion, Sycloria Williams met with Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique in the Miramar abortion clinic. He gave her laminaria and Cytotex, a prescription medication, both of which open the cervix but, according to the Florida Department of Health, are not to be used together. Renelique reportedly told Williams to meet him the next morning at the Hialeah clinic, where she would be observed prior to the abortion, but he never showed up.
According to a complaint filed by Williams’ attorney, when Williams began to feel ill, she was given medication, dispensed by an unlicensed worker. When Renelique still did not arrive, Williams delivered her live baby and later told detectives that the baby was “moving and making noises for approximately five minutes.” The complaint states that Gonzalez cut the umbilical cord, but did not clamp it. The Department of Health record indicates that Gonzalez “then proceeded to place the baby and all of its remains in a plastic bag. She then closed the bag and placed it in a trashcan.”
When investigators arrived at the clinic following an anonymous tip, they discovered unsanitary conditions, including blood smeared on the recliner in the recovery room, and boxes with aborted fetuses behind chairs where patients sit following their abortions. One homicide detective said he had to sort through each of the biomedical bags, searching among the aborted fetuses for the body of the baby who had been born alive.
Florida revoked Renelique’s license in 2009. He then relocated to New York, where he was placed on probation for two years because of his actions with Williams in Florida. However, Renelique was still permitted to continue practicing medicine. According to the National Review investigation, the New York Department of Health’s Hearing Committee finally determined that he “is a physician who provides excellent medical care to an inner city poor population. These patients should not be deprived of this valuable resource.”
As for Gonzalez, Florida investigators believed they had a strong murder case against her but found an obstacle at the state attorney’s office, when they were told they could not charge her with homicide because the age of the baby rendered her not viable and, therefore, not a human being.