In November 2001, Jordan’s mother, who was 22 weeks pregnant, arrived at Orlando Women’s Center for a scheduled abortion. Jordan was her third child conceived out of wedlock and her second abortion.
Since abortionist James Pendergraft was in the federal penitentiary at time, abortionist Randall Whitney performed the second trimester abortion procedures in his absence. However, that day, Whitney never showed up at the abortion facility, and the medical assistants and nurses aides never called him. Instead, in violation of state law, the abortion procedure went ahead without a licensed “doctor” on site. One of the medical assistants gave Jordan’s mother the pill RU-486 followed by extreme doses of Cyotec, which sent her into labor. The plan was to kill the baby medically in the womb, then deliver a stillborn child.
As Jordan’s mother complained of labor pains, Orlando Women’s Center staff told her to go for a walk outside. Exasperated at the length of time that the abortion was taking, she decided to go home instead.
When she could no longer endure the pain, she dialed 911 and was transported to a nearby hospital where she gave birth. Much to the amazement of everyone, the baby was alive and had survived the abortion. Baby Jordan weighed only 1 pound, 6 ounces, and faced many challenges ahead, but was very much alive.
Jordan Howard will turn 11 years old this year. While she suffers from disabilities due to the abortion attempt, she is nonetheless a very special little girl.