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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Quote of the Day: the Partial-Birth Abortion ban

Today's Supreme Court decision, upholding the ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, is appropriate and completely justified in a country that has recently weighed in on important human-rights issues such as the treatment of war prisoners.

But lest you think that it's a sweeping defeat of pro-abortion forces in our country, just start reading at the third sentence of the decision (emphasis mine):
In the usual second-trimester procedure, “"dilation and evacuation”" (D&E), the doctor dilates the cervix and then inserts surgical instruments into the uterus and maneuvers them to grab the fetus and pull it back through the cervix and vagina. The fetus is usually ripped apart as it is removed, and the doctor may take 10 to 15 passes to remove it in its entirety. The procedure that prompted the federal Act and various state statutes, including Nebraska’'s, is a variation of the standard D&E, and is herein referred to as "“intact D&E."” The main difference between the two procedures is that in intact D&E a doctor extracts the fetus intact or largely intact with only a few passes, pulling out its entire body instead of ripping it apart. In order to allow the head to pass through the cervix, the doctor typically pierces or crushes the skull.
So in other words, the majority opinion states that it's not OK to pull the baby out in one piece, smash the skull and vacuum out the brains; but if the doctor rips a baby into 10 or 15 pieces while it's still in utero, that's not a problem.

This is madness.



  • At 4/19/2007 8:31 AM, Anonymous Lois A. said…

    After my jublilation over this decision, this passage was like a punch in the stomach.

    The reality of what we do to babies fully alive, fully developed waiting to be welcomed in life is unspeakable.

    However, I am grateful for Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Alito, Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas.

    America's great pro-life legal thinkers now have another decision to anaylze for it's life-saving possibilities.


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