By Dave Andrusko
This will be a fairly brief, but very important, post. WSBT-TV reported today that attorneys for Purvi Patel have filed an appeal of her 20 year prison sentence. Pro-abortionists are determined to turn Patel into a martyr, an innocent victim of over-zealous prosecutors. As we have explained on numerous occasions, this narrative, while wholly fictitious, is important to the pro-abortion cause.
As NRL News Today readers recall, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley sentenced Patel for throwing her newborn son into a dumpster following a chemically-induced abortion.
In February, following a trial that took place over six days and which 20 witnesses offered testimony, Patel was convicted of feticide and child neglect. Prosecutors said she took drugs to induce an abortion and failed to get medical help for the baby when he was born alive.
“You, Ms. Patel, are an educated woman of considerable means. If you wished to terminate your pregnancy safely and legally, you could have done so,” said Judge Hurley said. “You planned a course of action and took matters into your own hands.”
St. Joseph County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roule said Patel could have sought help for her baby, “but instead betrayed a victim who was wholly dependent on her,” according to the South Bend Tribune’s Christian Sheckler. “His only chance at survival was his mother,” Roule said. “In this case, the mother did nothing, left him on the floor to die and threw him in the trash.”
Here’s how the pro-abortion site rhrealitycheck.org described what happened. The first two paragraphs establish the mythology and assert Patel’s status as a victim:
Attorneys for Purvi Patel, the Indiana woman convicted of both feticide and felony neglect of a dependent, filed an appeal arguing there was no proof Patel took any drugs to end her pregnancy.
Patel, an Indian American woman who lived at home in a conservative Hindu household, in July 2013 entered an emergency room in South Bend, Indiana, while suffering heavy vaginal bleeding. She initially denied to doctors that she had been pregnant. After doctors persisted, Patel acknowledged she had miscarried, telling them the fetus was stillborn and that she had placed it in a bag and placed the bag in a dumpster.
Not true, not remotely true.
The “no proof” argument manages to avoid an abundance of text messages establishing not only that Patel tried to obtain abortifacients from overseas, she received them with the intent of aborting her child and did so. As WSBT’s Kelli Stopczynski reported,
According to text messages, the pills arrived at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Mishawaka — a restaurant Patel’s family owns — in early July. But Patel waited to take those pills until July 10, continuing to provide a detailed account of her situation to her friend, [Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Aimee] Herring told the jury.
“BTW, these pills taste like sh**. If these pills don’t work”¦I’m gonna be mad,” the text messages allegedly said.
Then on July 13, Patel text messaged her friend, “Just lost the baby. I’m gonna clean up the bathroom and then go to Moe’s.”
And it is probably quite true that the unmarried Patel did not want her parents to know she was pregnant. But that doesn’t change what happened after the baby was born alive nor substantiate Patel’s claim that she miscarried. The phony “miscarriage” argument is put front and center to “prove” that every woman who miscarries is potentially liable to be prosecuted and sent to jail.
Calvin Freiburger did a brilliant job dismantling all the canards and misrepresentations of the testimony to show that the evidence demonstrating that the baby was indeed born alive was scientifically unimpeachable.
There are multiple tragedies here, starting with the unnecessary death of Patel’s viable, 25 to 30-week-old son. But another enormous tragedy would be if the pro-abortion sites that promulgate lies about Patel and her baby are allowed to substitute mythology for truth.