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Florida sends a message to abortionists: Be sure to kill the right baby the first time— or you may lose your license .

The Florida Board of Medicine revoked a Sarasota OB-GYN’s medical license last Friday for aborting the wrong baby of a mother pregnant with twins. Dr. Matthew Kachinas mistakenly killed a healthy baby girl instead of her twin brother who had Down syndrome and possible congenital defects. State records showed that Kachinas made a $250,000 liability settlement with K.M. for “an incident” on the day of her selective termination.

Dr. Matthew Kachinas performed abortions regularly, but never before had attempted this particular type of procedure, known as a “selective termination.” This procedure targets a specific unborn baby, usually when one of the babies is diagnosed with an abnormality, often in the second trimester. In such cases, the unborn baby is killed with a chemical injection that stops his heart. He shrivels up and dies in utero, while the other baby is left to develop.

Dr. Kachinas agreed to treat a woman, identified as K.M. in the records, who was 16 weeks pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. Doctors counseled K.M. that “selective termination” was an option after learning that the male baby had health problems, including a possible heart defect and Down syndrome. The female baby appeared normal.

A week and a half later, K.M. returned to the doctors at Florida Perinatal Associates, who were monitoring her high-risk pregnancy. An ultrasound revealed that the healthy baby girl had been killed and that the baby still alive was the boy with Down syndrome. The mother returned to Kachinas several days later to abort him as well.

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