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Ex abortion employee arrested for – guess what- helping friend home abort

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abortion_suspects_20130521140846_320_240Police in Virginia have arrested a former abortion facility employee for helping a friend induce labor, causing her newborn baby to die shortly after birth.

Rachael Anne Lowe, 27, had once worked at Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic, a Norfolk abortion facility.

Her roommate, 20-year-old Jessica Renee Carpenter, was 25 weeks pregnant when she arrived at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center already in labor.

Her baby boy survived 20 minutes after being born, hospital officials said.

Soon after the “miscarriage,” the city’s child protective services received an anonymous tip that Carpenter and Lowe took measures to ensure the child would die.

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According to the Virginia-Pilot:

Carpenter has a ninth-grade education and was unemployed, according to court records. Lowe previously worked at the Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic in Norfolk, which performs abortions for pregnant women up to 14 weeks after their last menstrual period.

Virginia law allows second-trimester abortions only if a licensed physician performs or assists in the procedure in “a hospital licensed by the State Department of Health or operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.”

David_Peters2-e1366229356521<strong>Dr. David Peters, owner and medical director of the clinic, said Lowe worked there for about a year as a janitor and held patients’ hands during procedures. He said she had no medical responsibilities at the clinic and no medical training that he was aware of. Lowe quit last fall via text message.

Peters said Lowe called the clinic earlier this year, saying she had a friend who needed an abortion. He didn’t speak with her, but “the nurses said, ‘Well, have your friend call us,’ ” Peters said. To his knowledge, he said, the clinic never heard from the friend.

Police seized Carpenter’s medical records from Bon Secours and phones and computers from the pair’s apartment.

“The witnesses also stated that they were privy to the conversation in which Lowe and Carpenter conspired to break into Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic to procure instruments known to induce labor,” the affidavit said.

Court records don’t indicate that any break-in actually took place, and Peters said he didn’t believe one had.

According to a state database of court cases in Hampton Roads cities, excluding Virginia Beach, the charge of producing an illegal abortion has been brought only once since 2007.

In that case, a Hampton man named Daniel Riase was charged with putting pills into his girlfriend’s glass of milk that caused her to have a miscarriage, according to an article in The Daily Press.

Riase pleaded guilty to aggravated malicious wounding and adulterating a drink in 2007 and was sentenced to five years in prison.