Stillbirths that take place at facilities of the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement are not classified as deaths by the agency, according to a recent official statement.
On Feb. 22, a pregnant woman from Honduras went into premature labor while being processed for release, tragically delivering a stillborn baby, according to a joint statement released by ICE and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday.
“She went into premature labor, at 27 weeks pregnant, and delivered an unresponsive male infant. [ICE Health Service Corps] initiated CPR and EMS transported them both to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas, where the infant was later pronounced dead,” noted the statement.
The border security agencies then proceeded to explain that “a stillbirth is not considered an in-custody death” due to “investigative and reporting purposes.”
“ICE and CBP officials are proactively disclosing the details of this tragic event to be transparent with Congress, the media and the public,” continued the agencies.
Not recognizing stillborn babies of migrants as individual humans appears to be at odds with other administration policies.
President Donald Trump has pursued multiple pro-life agenda items, including the reversal of an Obama era ban on states defunding Planned Parenthood, appointing judges who identify as pro-life, and allowing broader exemptions for groups opposed to providing coverage for abortions.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski