Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Women Gives Birth To Stillborn In ICE Custody, Pro-Lifers Silent

Also, a stillborn baby is not considered an "in-custody death," according to ICE. I'm getting this directly from a "Joint Statement from ICE and CBP on stillbirth in custody."

According to the statement, an unnamed Honduran woman was "apprehended" by Border Patrol and told them she was six months pregnant. They took her to a hospital, somehow received only two "medical screenings" in the space of three days, before being "cleared" and sent back to custody. The next day, she started having abdominal pain and was eventually ordered back to the hospital. It sounds like, before she could get to the hospital, she went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn baby.

That same evening, while being processed for release by ICE, she began complaining of abdominal discomfort and was examined by the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). The clinical director was called and ordered that she be sent to the hospital. EMS was called. At that time, she conveyed that the baby was coming. She went into premature labor, at 27 weeks pregnant, and delivered an unresponsive male infant. IHSC initiated CPR and EMS transported them both to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas, where the infant was later pronounced dead.

Okay, I have some questions.

How long did it take for her to be examined by this IHSC, then to get a clinic doctor over to her, then to call an ambulance? What's the time stamps on when she reported pain and when EMS was called? How far away is the hospital?

And further, how is a woman in a hospital for three days, only receiving two "screenings" in that time (fuck knows what they even mean by "screenings"), and there's no indication of a problem with the fetus?

Even if ICE can somehow dodge all those bullets, I have an issue with this shit:

Although for investigative and reporting purposes, a stillbirth is not considered an in-custody death, ICE and CBP officials are proactively disclosing the details of this tragic event to be transparent with Congress, the media and the public.

If the fetus was already dead when she was taken into custody, they should have been able to see that while she was at the hospital from February 18 to 22. Therefore, the child died while in ICE custody. I don't see how else that can be interpreted. Sounds like ICE trying to keep another in-custody death off the books to me.

See, even a cold, baby-hating pro-choicer like me thinks that a stillborn child should be considered a person who died under the watch of ICE. Pro-lifers, meanwhile, are apparently too busy trying to paint abortion after 20 weeks as infanticide to care about the 27-week-old fetus who likely died due to Border Patrol brutality and/or ICE neglect.

I might spend the day on Twitter going through the infanticide tag just to tell pro-lifers about this and watch them defend ICE.

I also look forward to hearing the real story from the Honduran woman after she recovers from such a traumatizing, tragic experience. I hope she can find some peace and I hope she's been released and is with loved ones right now.

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