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A Message from Baby Rowan’s Mother

[Operation Rescue has been ministering to Baby Rowan’s mother, Angele, since the tragic death of that precious child at an Orlando abortion mill. Angele has undergone an deep and sincere change of heart about abortion since her child’s death. She has given us permission to post the following message from her. -OR Staff]

Hello Mr. Newman,

Thank you very much for your kindness. It is amazing the out pour of kind words and support I am receiving after Rowan’s death.

I wish that I had such a network and support before, I would still be pregnant. It is my hope that many things will transpire as a result of coming forward with my experience.

I hope that women will see my humiliation and remorse and seek forgiveness if they are post abortive.

I want to do everything in my power to see that this does not happen to other babies or mothers.

I want women in crisis pregnancies to see that whether they are of 6 weeks or 28 weeks gestation, that abortion will haunt them for the rest of their lives. I would like for them to know that no matter how little you want the pregnancy itself, you will want, love and cherish your child. Those 9 months of crisis are the toughest. If you make it through that, the rewards come 1000 fold!

If they choose not to keep their child; that adoption is easier than abortion, although that is not what most post abortive women thought before they terminated.

Finally I hope that women who remain pro choice will fight for these clinics to be more strictly regulated. As feminists, they should demand and expect it!

I think that even women who are pro choice, would not want to come face to face with what I have been through on any level. I also think they would agree, that having an infant born alive and left to die or literally murdered in some cases, is legally and morally wrong.

It is very shameful to step forward and admit publicly that I have been so wrong as to “choose” to take the life of my child. On the other hand if it will accomplish any or all of the above, then it is my duty, isn’t it? That is so long as I protect the children I have here first and foremost. I know God wants me to put them first, just as I should have with Rowan.

Baby Rowan’s Autopsy Report Confirms Part of Mother’s Story

Medical Examiner admits to OR that heartbeat after birth was “probable.”


ORLANDO, FL — Operation Rescue has obtained the autopsy report for Baby Rowan, the infant said to have been born alive on April 2, 2005, at a Florida abortion mill and whose mother claims was refused help by abortion workers in spite of her pleas on behalf of her dying son.

The autopsy performed by Orange County, FL Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan C. Garavaglia on April 27, 2005, listed the official cause of death as “extreme prematurity from induced labor.”

The autopsy report describes Baby Rowan as a male of 21-22 weeks gestational age who appeared to be a completely healthy baby. He was free from congenital abnormality and showed no signs of trauma. However, the report found no air or excessive fluid in the lungs, nor was there air or fluid in the stomach. Thus, the report concluded “forensically” there was no evidence the fetus was born alive.

But Operation Rescue disputes that the evidence detailed in the autopsy report supports the conclusion that Rowan was stillborn. “We believe the autopsy report does not refute Angle’s allegations, but actually presents evidence to support many of them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

In an exclusive interview with Operation Rescue, Dr. Garavaglia was specifically asked about weather or not the baby’s heart was beating when Rowan left the birth canal. “I can only deal with the facts I can find,” she responded, indicating that there would be no way to tell from an autopsy exactly when Rowan’s heart stopped beating. Garavaglia believed that the only scientific evidence of life after birth that she could hope to find was air in the lungs.

However, air in the lungs is not the only sign of live birth, according to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002, (BAIPA). Three other criteria of life at birth are a beating heart, pulsating umbilical chord, or movement of voluntary muscles, none of which can be determined by an autopsy. Only one of these criteria must be met for a child to be protected under the BAIPA. Rowan’s mother, Angele, has stated repeatedly that Rowan moved his leg, turned his head toward her voice, and grasped her finger with his hand before passing away.

While the autopsy could not answer the question of whether Rowan met any of the other three of the criteria for life, the report does support Angele’s claim that she did not receive a shot of digoxin, a drug injected into the baby’s heart to stop it before the induction of labor. The report indicates that Rowan’s body was trauma free.

“There was no evidence of needle marks,” said Dr. Garavaglia.

The abortion clinic maintains that Rowan could not have been born alive because he received a lethal digoxin injection into his heart before labor was induced to insure he was dead upon delivery. The physical evidence soundly refutes their claim.

When Dr. Garavaglia was asked if the heart was beating when the baby exited the birth canal, she responded, “I can only go on what we can check for.” However, after further discussion Dr. Garavaglia agreed it was “probable” that Rowan’s heart stopped beating after exiting the birth canal, which would qualify him for protection under the BAIPA.

“Even according to the Medical Examiner, it is likely that Rowan’s heart was beating when he was born,” said Newman. “This was simply something Dr. Garavaglia could not forensically prove or disprove. Because of the probability that his heart was beating upon birth and in light of the eyewitness account that Rowan moved voluntary muscles, we must deduce that the lack of air in the lungs is not conclusive proof that Rowan was stillborn.”

“Baby Rowan was a perfectly health baby boy. He went through the labor and delivery process, which is designed to deliver LIVE babies, not dead ones,” said Newman.

“There is nothing in the autopsy report to indicate that Rowan expired before his delivery,” he continued. “In fact, there has been nothing to indicate that Rowan was killed by anything other than the fact that he was too young to survive very long outside the womb. But just because he lacked the strength or maturity to draw a breath into lungs that had not been suctioned does not mean that he was not alive at birth. He moved voluntary muscles after expulsion from the birth canal, and that meets the definition of a live birth according to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.”

The point is a critical one. On April 22, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt stated, “As a matter of law and policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will investigate all circumstances where individuals and entities are reported to be withholding medical care from an infant born alive in potential violation of federal statutes for which we are responsible.”

Angele stated in an interview with World Net Daily that she presented herself for an “induction” abortion at the EPOC abortion clinic in Orlando where Dr. Harry Perper prepared her to begin an abortion by premature delivery. After a harrowing labor experience, Angele delivered her 22-week old baby boy into a toilet at the abortion mill. She repeatedly called for help once she saw movement in her son, but was denied assistance by abortion clinic workers. She instructed her friend to call 911, which was done, but emergency workers who responded to the call were led to believe that no emergency existed and were turned away.

Angele now deeply regrets her abortion and is eager to work to insure that this kind of thing does not continue to happen to other women and their babies.

“Somebody in that clinic should have rendered assistance to Angele and her tiny son. But they didn’t and a baby died. We believe that is a violation of the law,” said Newman. “We clearly have a case for the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate, and we strongly urge them to do so immediately.”

View Baby Rowan’s Autopsy Report

Please Help Us Bring Baby Rowan’s Killers to Justice

Dear Friends of Life,

When it comes to horrible abortion stories I thought I had heard it all.

Until now!

Earlier this week I read a story on World Net Daily that chilled my blood to the bone. The article was about a 6 month-old baby boy named “Rowan” who was left to die in the toilet of an Orlando abortion clinic.

I was brought to tears as the mother recounted the terrible abortion that led to Rowan’s live birth. That’s right! The ultimate botched abortion. . .the baby was born alive!

Now the mother of Rowan is asking for help from us to expose this hideous crime and make sure this abortion mill is closed once and for all. (Before you read the rest of my letter, I urge you to read the whole story for your self on World Net Daily.)

We have talked to Rowan’s mom, and I can assure you she has had a real conversion for life. Once she saw her son gasping for air she immediately regretted the abortion and vowed to do everything in her power to close this abortion mill.

Baby Rowan’s death was illegal. That’s right; according to the three-year old ” Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” the abortion mill could be guilty of a federal crime.

But right now, the prosecutors are doing absolutely nothing, even though earlier this month the White House promised to begin enforcing the Born Alive law!

Only a few days ago, the Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a press release, “The [Born Alive Infants Protection] Act reaffirms the legal principle that all infants born alive are entitled to the full protection of the law. That is a principle I will vigorously uphold as Secretary. . .We took the first of these educational steps today by notifying relevant entities that we aggressively enforce federal laws that protect born-alive infants.”

We plan to hold him to his word.

We have been asked to do two things to bring justice for Baby Rowan, and I hope you will want to help.

First, we need to prove Baby Rowan was born alive and make the abortionist pay for his crime. To do this an autopsy must be preformed, but Rowan’s mom doesn’t have the $3,500 to pay for the autopsy. So I have personally guaranteed that Operation Rescue would cover the cost of the autopsy report, and then hand deliver that report to the prosecutors.

Second, we must make the dreadful death of Rowan a fixture on the nightly news. In order to ensure that this crime is prosecuted to the fullest extent we must bring public pressure to bear directly on those who will be responsible to enforce the law and prosecute this crime. To do this we will hold a press conference today (see press release here) and follow up with a massive “awareness campaign.”

Both you and I know abortion is repugnant, but we must help convince everybody else in the country if abortion is ever to end. I believe that this is a perfect opportunity to shine the national spotlight on heinous nature of the American abortion holocaust.

I am so confident that we should act that we sent Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition to Orlando, Florida, to begin laying the groundwork and start our media campaign.

If you wish to help cover the cost of the $3,500 autopsy please click here or send a tax-deductible gift to Operation Rescue c/o Baby Rowan, P.O. Box 601150, Sacramento, CA 95860.

Perhaps you could contact your local media and inform them of Baby Rowan’s plight. Anything you could do in this regard would help expose the dirty side of abortion industry. This could encourage Federal prosecutors to lock up this abortionist once and for all to keep him from hurting anyone else.

We are praying Baby Rowan’s death will help other babies live. (That is Rowan’s mom’s prayer too).

Your servant for Life,

Troy Newman, President

P.S . To recap: Operation Rescue has promised to underwrite the cost of Rowan’s autopsy so we can prove he was born alive. This vital information could lead to the first ever abortionist being prosecuted and sent to jail under the new Born Alive Infants Protection Act. I believe it is so critical I have sent Rev. Pat Mahoney to Florida to begin an all-out media blitz to draw attention to this murder and bring those responsible for the death of Baby Rowan to justice. Your donation to this work will be very much needed and appreciated!

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