- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police records show a fetus that was reported to have briefly survived an abortion was not viable and that appropriate procedures were followed.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1Wh670l ) that dozens of anti-abortion advocates held a prayer vigil for the fetus after the Feb. 26 medical reported it had survived the procedure. A police report released Thursday shows the fetus had no signs of heart tones at the time of the procedure and that the fetus was not moving or breathing.

The incident was called in by medical staff at Family Planning Associates after a nurse reported seeing the fetus move after being removed from the womb. The fetus was approximately 21 weeks old and doctors say did not have fully developed lungs.

Investigators say the tissue likely reacted to the cold metal of a scale.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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