Jill Stanek

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Stanek in 2009

Jill Stanek (born 1956) is an American anti abortion activist and nurse from Illinois best known for saying "live birth abortions" were being performed at Christ Hospital in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn and the premature infants were being left to die in a utility room.[1]

Since 2003, Stanek has been a regular columnist for WorldNetDaily.

Stanek ran for the Republican nomination for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002, on a pro-life platform, but was defeated.[2]

Christ Hospital controversy[edit]

Stanek gained initial prominence in 1999 when she testified that, while she worked as a nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, infants that survived induced labor abortions were abandoned to die in a utility room.[3] These allegations led to a formal investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which stated that the hospital violated no state laws. Shortly thereafter, Advocate Health Care changed its policy on induced labor abortions, barring its use against fetuses with non-lethal developmental issues.[4]

A Christ Hospital spokesman admitted "that between 10 percent and 20 percent of fetuses with genetic defects that are aborted survive for short periods outside the womb."[5]

At the signing ceremony for the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, President George W. Bush named Stanek in his speech, publicly thanking her for being in attendance.[6]

Criticism of Barack Obama[edit]

Stanek generated national news during the 2008 Presidential campaign when publicizing Barack Obama's four votes against Illinois' Born Alive Infants Protection Act while state senator as well as his state senate floor testimony. She posted a vote tally on her blog showing that, during a March 12, 2003, meeting of the Illinois State Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, Committee Chairman Barack Obama prevented the passage of an amendment to Bill 1082 that would have conveyed "the rights of personhood upon any fetus expelled or extracted from the womb if that fetus was capable of breathing or voluntary motion."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roeser, Thomas (8 September 2001). "Amended abortion policy is cold comfort Nurse's objection to leaving babies to die gets her fired". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ Herman, Andrew. High-profile candidate dives into local race. Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 14, 2002.
  3. ^ "Stanek's testimony". House.gov. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  4. ^ Tom McCann. Hospital fires critic of abortion procedure. Chicago Tribune. September 3, 2001
  5. ^ McKinney, Dave. Bill proposes care for fetus after abortion. Chicago Sun-Times, Mar. 31, 2001
  6. ^ "President Signs Born-Alive Infants Protection Act," White House press release, August 5, 2002. Accessed May 14, 2009.
  7. ^ Obama’s rejection of 2003 abortion bill comes to forefront, Eric Zorn, August 21, 2008

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