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Partial Birth Abortion Health Exception Is Clear, Real And Not Necessary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 5, 2003

The Following Statement Can Be Attributed To Nevada LIFE President Don Nelson.

A federal judge in Nebraska has stayed implementation of the newly signed Partial Birth Abortion Ban in Nebraska on the grounds that it may not contain a health exception.  The Health Exception is clear.  The new law says: “This subsection does not apply to a partial-birth abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.” 

This objection is Orwellian nonsense and judicial Rorschach at best.  It ignores the very words for which the stay has been place.  The judge and those raising these objections should take seriously the very words which have been used in this new law. 

There is expert evidence that partial birth abortion is never necessary and is, on the contrary, damaging to the woman.  In commenting on the Supreme Court’s Stenberg decision which struck down partial birth abortion laws in over 30 states, the bill says, “Neither the plaintiff in Stenberg v. Carhart, nor the experts who testified on his behalf, have identified a single circumstance during which a partial-birth abortion was necessary to preserve the health of a woman.”

A Gallup-CNN-USA in late October found that young adults 18-29 support the ban 77-19 percent with other groups supporting it 68-25 percent.  Doctors and nurses likewise do not support partial birth abortion.  Abortion advocates support for the inhumane partial birth abortion procedure demonstrates how extreme and out of step they are with America and American values.  The Court should respond in decency and let this law stand and start taking seriously the very words of the law which they are judging. 

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