Funeral Planned for Victims of Notorious Trunk Abortionist

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by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 31, 2018   

Michael Arthur Roth was never charged for performing illegal abortions

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - After a two-year battle, the victims of the trunk abortionist will finally be given a proper burial.

In 2015, abortionist Michael Arthur Roth was in a traffic accident where he struck and critically injured a child with special needs. A police search of his vehicle uncovered the remains of 15 aborted children and large amounts of the narcotic fentanyl and six prescriptions for ciprofloxacin (Cipro). 

For over two years, Dr. Monica Miller, national director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, negotiated with authorities for the release of the bodies of those 15 unborn children so that they could be laid to rest in a dignified manner. 

A funeral Mass for 14 of these babies will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Church of the Transfiguration in Southfield, Michigan. Following the Mass, celebrated by an archdiocese of Detroit auxiliary bishop, Robert Fisher, they will be buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Church Militant reached out to Miller, who said the majority of the law enforcement personnel she worked with in Oakland County were more than cooperative in working with her for the release of the bodies. She said those she worked with were in favor of having the babies buried, and she saw in their actions that they felt "these aborted babies were human beings unjustly treated." 

 
Miller had to get past Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic, who was holding the babies' bodies as evidence. 

During the first call she made to Dr. Dragovic, she said, "He insisted there were no babies, [saying] 'it's just tissue — there's nothing to bury!'" 

Well, I don't know how much real pathology he ever did on the contents of the 15 specimen jars. He must not have looked very hard — because once the bodies were transferred to us, though the Borek Jennings funeral home — we looked in every jar and indeed found little bodies — all torn apart from early suction abortions!  

Pro-life investigator Lynn Mills of Pro-Life Michigan worked to get Roth's hospital privileges revoked and evicted from his offices. Between weekly protests and approaching the landlords, Roth was evicted from three buildings in six months. One of those landlords told her they didn't want that type of thing going on in their building. 

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Six of the 15 aborted babies found in Roth's trunk

Photo courtesy of Dr. Monica Miller

Despite a past complaint from the state of Michigan alleging Roth performed an at-home abortion in 1998, and that he was in possession of stolen drugs used during abortion procedures, Roth was never charged with performing illegal abortions.

Miller said she "found it odd" and asked the assistant attorney general, Gregory Townsend, "point blank why Roth was not charged." 

Miller said he told her they had seriously considered it but decided that because he was a licensed physician, the jury might not convict him. They had no real idea where he was performing the abortions and may not be able to prove that he did them outside of a clinic setting.

Mills was present at the Michigan Board of Medicine hearing when Roth's license was being discussed. She said they were well aware that Roth was performing illegal abortions outside of a clinic setting.

They fined him $25,000 and revoked Roth's license for one year. He can reapply for and regain his license after he takes the medical boards.

Mills also attended Roth's trials. Because his car accident was in Oakland County, Michigan, and the abortion drugs were stolen from a Macomb County business, one hearing was before Judge Marc Barron of the 48th District Court in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and the other was heard by Judge Michael Servitto of the 16th Circuit Court in Macomb County, Michigan. 

He gets to live his life, but the babies don't.

Mills knew the sentence was going to be light, but was "horrified" when Servitto was only fined $798 and given 18 months probation. She said the judge just ignored Roth's long history of illegal abortions and state medical violations. 

This sentence is especially light in view of the fact that Judge Barron slapped the Red Rose Rescuers with a $500 fine, one-year probation and forbade the co-defendants from talking to each other just for entering an abortion clinic to offer the women inside help and hope for them and their unborn children. 

Twelve lives were saved that day from the actions of the pro-lifers. 

Miller said Roth has still not paid his fines to either Macomb County or the state: "He gets to live his life, but the babies don't." 

More information about the funeral Mass for 14 of the unborn children found in Roth's trunk can be found at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society

At the request of Livingston County pro-life advocates, one of those tiny victims will be buried at Holy Spirit parish in Brighton after a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Nov. 24. 

Church Militant reached out to Dragovic but has not heard back by press time. 

Featured image is one of the arms of the aborted babies found in Roth's trunk. Courtesy of Dr. Monica Miller.

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