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Pro-Abortion Groups Make Me Sick
When did infanticide become an issue of women's rights?

Consider the news report about the judge finding the misnamed Partial Birth Abortion ban unconstitutional:

A federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional because it does not contain an exception to protect a woman's health, something the Supreme Court said is required in laws prohibiting types of abortion.

U.S. District Judge Richard C. Casey issued his ruling Thursday _ the second such ruling in three months _ even as he called the procedure "gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized."

The law, signed last November, banned a procedure known to doctors as intact dilation and extraction and called partial-birth abortion by abortion foes. The fetus is partially removed from the womb, and the skull is punctured or crushed.
Judge Revokes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, by Larry Neumeister.

Note that the judge calls the procedure "gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized". (I think it very, very telling that the judge should find that somehow such an action is protected by the United States Constitution.) Exactly why does he say that? Well, let's look at the procedure more closely:

I refer now to a description from Dr. Martin Haskell's own instruction manual, "Dilation and Extraction for Late Second Trimester Abortion." It was included in presentation materials of the National Abortion Federation (notice this is a powerful, pro-abortion organization), entitled "Second Trimester Abortion: From Every Angle," pages 30-31. This material was distributed at the NAF Fall Risk Management Seminar, held September 13-14, 1992, in Dallas, Texas.

"The surgeon introduces a large grasping forceps, such as a Bierer or Hern, through the vaginal and cervical canals into the corpus of the uterus.... When the instrument appears on the sonogram screen, the surgeon is able to open and close its jaws to firmly and reliably grasp a lower extremity. The surgeon then applies firm traction to the instrument causing aversion of the fetus (if necessary) and pulls the extremity into the vagina....

"With a lower extremity in the vagina, the surgeon uses his fingers to deliver the opposite lower extremity, then the torso, the shoulders and the upper extremities.

"The skull lodges at the internal cervical [opening]....The fetus is oriented dorsum or spine up. At this point, the right-handed surgeon slides the fingers of the left hand along the back of the fetus and 'hooks' the shoulders of the fetus with the index and ring fingers (palm down)....

"While maintaining this tension, lifting the cervix and applying traction to the shoulders with the fingers of the left hand, the surgeon takes a pair of blunt curved Metzenbaum scissors in the right hand. He carefully advances the tip, curved down, along the spine and under his middle finger until he feels it contact the base of the skull under the tip of his middle finger.

"...The surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull or into foramen magnum. Having safely entered the skull, he spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening.

"The surgeon removes the scissors and introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents. With the catheter still in place, he applies traction to the fetus, removing it completely from the patient."

This procedure is almost never done before viability.[4] By Haskell's own admission, two thirds of the children are still alive when he "forces the scissors into the base of the skull." He adds, "When I do the instrumentation on the skull [thrusting the scissors into the cranium] destroys the brain sufficiently so that even if it (the fetus) falls out at that point, it's definitely not alive."[5]
Nothing Hidden in D&X by Gregory Koukl.

"Gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized" are unstatements. This procedure is as bad as any that has ever, ever been practiced in the name of medicine. Our Congress agreed and they passed a very, very sensible bill to try to ban this procedure. So, what do the pro-choice (actually, pro-abortion) advocates say?

Rebekah Warren, executive director MARAL Pro-Choice Michigan, said the ruling sets a good precedent for planned lawsuits that will challenge the Legal Birth Definition Act, which was passed this summer by the Michigan Legislature. "We're very pleased with the ruling, and we're gratified that the judge has ruled unconstitutional this ban, (which) did not protect women's health," Warren said.

But does it, in fact, not take the health of the woman into account? This question has already been decided by Congress. Here is the exact text of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 related to this issue:

Rather than being an abortion procedure that is embraced by the medical community, particularly among physicians who routinely perform other abortion procedures, partial-birth abortion remains a disfavored procedure that is not only unnecessary to preserve the health of the mother, but in fact poses serious risks to the long-term health of women and in some circumstances, their lives. As a result, at least 27 States banned the procedure as did the United States Congress which voted to ban the procedure during the 104th, 105th, and 106th Congresses.
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

In other words, Congress had a series of Congressional hearings on this issue and has already decided the question of whether partial birth abortion is medically necessary. Answer: It isn't. Never. Not ever. No, no, no. Yet, this judge listens to some physician who has a different idea about the necessity of infanticide than the vast, vast majority of the physicians in this country who is brought in as an expert, and the judge finds that the law is unconstitutional on that basis. Unbelievable!

I am sickened by people who support this procedure. I am sickened by the lies that claim that the procedure is needed for the health of the mother when the overwhelming concensus of the medical community is that this procedure is not only unnecessary, but in most instances, is more likely to harm the mother. I am appalled at judges who find that a right to kill an infant is a Constitutional right that cannot be legistlated against. I am sickened by the whole thing.

God help us.

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