Florida House Calls For Criminal Charges In Hialeah Abortion Clinic Death

OR stands in support of the Christian Defense Coalition press conference tomorrow that will demand answers in wake of a legislative letter, the revocation of the abortionist’s license, and the filing of a civil suit

Miami, FL – The Florida House of Representatives has issued a letter to State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle calling for criminal charges to be filed against all involved in the death of a viable baby that was born alive at a Hialeah abortion clinic in 2007.

The baby, Shanice Denise Osbourne, was delivered by unlicensed abortion worker Belkis Gonzalez, who cut the baby’s umbilical cord with a pair of office scissors, then, while she was moving and struggling to breathe, shoved her into a plastic bag and tossed her in the trash. Gonzalez later stashed the baby’s body on the abortion clinic roof to hide it from authorities.

Abortionist Pierre Renelique did not show up for the scheduled abortion and arrived only after the baby had been delivered and killed. Last week, the Florida Medical Board revoked his medical license based on his negligence in this case. A civil suit was filed against those responsible for Shanice’s death earlier this month.

In a letter dated February 17, 2009, House Speaker Ray Sansom told Rundle, “The undersigned Members of the Florida Legislature from both sides of the debate on this issue strongly urge you to take appropriate action against the individuals involved in these morally reprehensible acts.”

Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Washington, DC based Christian Defense Coalition, will hold a press conference on Friday, February 20, 2009, outside the State Attorney’s office in Miami, and will attempt to meet with the State Attorney to determine the progress of the case.

The news conference will be held in front of the E.R. Graham Building, 1350 N.W. 12th Ave. in Miami at 11:00 A.M. The public is invited to attend.

“We stand in solidarity with the Christian Defense Coalition in demanding answers as to why, two and a half years after the fact, criminal charges have not been filed in Shanice’s murder,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We know every detail of how this living baby was killed and we know who did the killing. There’s nothing left to investigate. It’s time to bring those responsible for his heinous crime to justice.”

Read a draft copy of the letter from the Florida House of Representatives

Lawsuit filed, But Criminal Charges Still Demanded In Murder Of Baby After Failed Abortion

Operation Rescue expresses gratitude to the Thomas More Society for filing a civil suit on behalf of Shanice Denise Osbourne, and insists that criminal charges must still be filed against her murderers.

Miami, FL – A law suit was filed last week by the Thomas More Society in the case of a baby that was born alive at a Hialeah abortion clinic, murdered, and whose body was stashed on the clinic roof.

The case was filed on behalf of the baby, Shanice Denise Osbourne, and names 13 defendants, including the unlicensed worker who killed Shanice, Belkis Gonzalez, the doctor who did not respond to calls, Pierre Renelique, and the business entity that owns the four abortion mills run by them.

The suit provides new and shocking details of callous, negligent conduct and cold-blooded murder. [Read the full complaint]

“We are thankful to the Thomas More Society for taking an interest in this case and seeking justice on behalf of Shanice. We pray for their success,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

On July 20, 2006, Shanice’s mother, Sycloria Williams, arrived at the Hialeah clinic in the early stages of labor after having been prepared for her late-term abortion the previous day by Renelique. Without a doctor or any other licensed person present, the clinic receptionist administered a drug that induced labor and cervical dilation.

After waiting hours in the clinic’s recovery room in labor and without medical attention, Williams finally gave birth to Shanice on the seat of a recliner.

With Shanice moving and breathing on her own, Gonzalez murdered Shanice by cutting the umbilical cord and shoving her into a red bio-hazard bag. She hid Shanice’s body on the roof of the abortion clinic.

An informant contacted the police and days later they were able to recover the baby’s decomposing body. An autopsy confirmed that Shanice had been born alive.

In the two years since the incident, authorities have neglected to charge Gonzalez in the death of Shanice, saying only that the case is under investigation.

“After over two years, there is nothing left to investigate,” said Newman. “We know who murdered Shanice, and we know how it was done down to the last detail. It’s been determined that the baby was born alive and the actions taken by Gonzalez caused her death. Now it’s time for justice.

“The Miami prosecutor is letting Gonzalez get away with murder, and is sending a dangerous message to the medical world that the lives of living newborns are not deserving of protection. We cannot rest until justice is done.”

Those interested are urged to contact the prosecutor and demand that charges be filed against Gonzales and her accomplices in the murder of Shanice Denise Osbourne.

Contact:
Prosecutor David Waksman
(305) 547-0430

[Shanice Denise Osbourne was finally laid to rest last October. Click here to view a video produced at that time that is still of importance in light of the newly filed law suit.]