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Teen arrested after trying to flush 28-week newborn down the toilet

John Jalsevac

May 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Days after the release of an undercover video showing an abortion clinic worker urging a patient to “flush” her baby down the toilet if it is born alive, a young woman has been arrested for attempting to do just that.

Cherlie Lafleur, 19, was arrested after a custodian at McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, discovered the body of a young baby in a trash can in the ladies restroom at the school on Tuesday.

The teen reportedly first attempted to flush the child down the toilet. But when that didn’t work, she deposited the body in the trash can. 

An autopsy has found that the baby was about 28 weeks gestation, well past the point of viability. Police have not yet determined whether the child was stillborn or alive at birth.

“We can not always determine if there was a heartbeat at the time,” said the coroner. 

Surveillance footage at the school allowed police to track down Lafleur as the suspect.

The teen has been charged with concealing the death of a child. 

According to SecretSafe.org, Pennsylvania is among the states with a Safe Haven law that allows a mother to leave her child, up to 28 days old, at any hospital in the state without having to reveal her identity. 

So far, almost all of the media outlets that have reported on the  case have referred to the newborn baby as a "fetus." The mainstream media have been widely criticized by pro-life activists for normalizing infanticide during the trial of Kermit Gosnell by referring to his living newborn victims as "viable fetuses." In March the Associated Press was lambasted after reporting that "abortions are typically performed in utero."

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Earlier this week the pro-life group Live Action released an undercover video from a late-term abortion clinic in New York, in which a counselor described what to do if the baby is born alive. 

“Some patients will just sit in the bathroom and try and push. Um, don’t do that,” the counselor told the Live Action investigator.

The investigator then asks what to do if the baby comes out while she is at home. 

“If it comes out, then it comes out. Flush it…if anything, you know, put it in a bag or something or somewhere and bring it to us,” the counselor says.

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