Babies Around the World Left to Die After Failed Abortions

American Faith reports infants from around the world are being abandoned and left to die after abortions fail to kill them.

New Zealand

A New Zealand healthcare student revealed that she witnessed a baby die after the infant lived through a late-term abortion attempt. The student explained the mother of the “completely healthy” infant was induced at 21 weeks gestation and gave birth to a breathing baby.

“Normally a late-term abortion is performed on babies that have medical issues, but this baby was completely healthy – so instead of using an infanticide injection to stop the heart from beating before expelling the baby from the womb, the mother was just induced,” the student said.

The student added that an infant child “left to die” is not uncommon.

New Zealand Parliament passed the Abortion Legislation Act 2020 to regulate abortion services. Member of Parliament Simon O’Connor proposed an amendment to the abortion act that would require medical care for babies born after an abortion attempt. The amendment was rejected.


Canada also has a history of live births after abortions.

Between 2000-2012, 216 babies were left to die after a failed abortion in Canada.

Between 2013-2018, 766 babies survived an abortion attempt. It is unknown how many of these infants were left to die.

Image taken from Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

The University of Montreal studied more than 12,000 infant deaths in Quebec, Canada between the years 1986 and 2012. The study concluded that the number of infants who die after an unsuccessful abortion increased from 1 infant per 100,000 in 1986 to 1999, to 19.4 infants per 100,000 from 2000 to 2012.


A Polish baby with Down Syndrome survived a “botched” abortion and was left to die in 2016. The baby cried for an hour before passing away. “Medical personnel did not try to help the help the child in any way; which can result in the parents of the child needing support and grief counseling to cope,” the report noted.


In Ireland, a 2020 study acknowledged that several babies are “born alive after abortion and left to die.”

The study described Irish doctors admitting to “causing the death” of an infant, explaining that feticide is “stabbing the baby in the heart” with a lethal injection.


In Australia’s Victoria and Queensland, 724 babies survived abortion procedures between 2012-2020. The infants died shortly after, as babies in those two states have “no legal rights at all, including the right to palliative care or life-saving medical treatment.”

Image from Late-Term Abortion in Australia Factsheet

The Queensland Termination of Pregnancy Guidelines states, “if live birth occurs…do not give life-sustaining treatment…document date and time end of life occurs.”

The data comes as the Children Born Alive Protection Bill is before the Australian Senate.

United States

The United States has varying data on infants born post-abortion procedure.

According to the CDC, 143 babies died between 2003-2014 after surviving an abortion procedure.

143 “underestimates” the total number of deaths involving “induced termination,” the CDC reported.

A former Illinois nurse, Jill Stanek, recounted to a U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 2020 that abortion survivors are taken to the Soiled Utility Room to die. Abortion survivors only receive “comfort care” as they wait for death. No medical care is given.

Throughout 2021, 5 born-alive abortion survivors were reported in Minnesota. In one instance, “no measures taken to preserve life” were reported.

Image taken from July 2022 report of Induced Abortions in Minnesota January – December 2021

The state of Minnesota passed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in 2015. The bill states infants shall not be left to die in the event the child survives an abortion. The child must be given appropriate medical care to “preserve [the infant’s] life and health.”

Minnesota healthcare professionals violated this state law in their failure to provide medical assistance to abortion survivors listed above.

In 2021, Republican Rep Ann Wagner (MO) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) reintroduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill was reintroduced after a version was signed by President George W. Bush in 2002.