Newly-released 911 calls made from Family Planning Associates in Phoenix reveal that a fetus was breathing after an abortion in February (video below).
"There was a termination that was performed," an unidentified clinic worker told a 911 dispatcher, notes KPNX.
"There is a fetus that is breathing right now, so we need someone to do services," the worker stated.
The 911 dispatcher asked if the fetus was harmed, and the worker said no, but added: "The fetus is breathing so we need care for it now. We can't provide care except for oxygen and we're trying to keep the fetus stable until someone arrives."
According to federal law, a clinic must provide medical care when a fetus/baby survives an abortion, which is what Family Planning Associates did.
Police reports in April estimated that the baby was 21 weeks old, which was under the 24 week limit in the state for abortions; it was also revealed that the woman having the abortion went into spontaneous labor.
The doctor checked several times for a fetal heartbeat, but did not find one, according to the police reports, but a worker put the fetus on a scale and stated, "Oh my God, this fetus is moving."
While no one is claiming the clinic violated any laws, the incident sparked debate on both side of the abortion issue.
"Nobody did anything wrong," Kat Sabine, of the Arizona chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told the news station in April. "Absolutely nobody did anything wrong. The doctor, in fact, did everything right."
"Now, maybe the child was born and only lived for a moment," John Jakubczyk, a pro-life activist and lawyer, said. "Maybe the child lived for a lot more than a few moments, I don't know. I wasn't there. But I do know this, you had a human being who was born, a human being who died."
The fetus was taken to a hospital, per the police reports, but died a few minutes later.
The New York Times reported earlier this month on a study that found a very small number of babies were able to survive at 22 weeks after receiving medical treatment for health problems.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, studied thousands of premature births and found that most of the babies born at 22 weeks did not survive or had some serious health problems. The study raised questions about the traditional benchmark of viability for a baby, which is 24 weeks.