Signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban
Birth Abortion Myths Recycled
IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2003
The Following Statement Can Be
Attributed To Nevada LIFE President Don Nelson.
Today President Bush
Signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, which was
eight years in coming. This is the first restriction on
any specific abortion technique since the Supreme Court
Struck down abortion laws and unborn protection laws in
all 50 states. Partial
birth abortion involves the partial delivery of an unborn
only the head left in the woman, the abortionists
punctures the skull and suctions the brains out through a
Senator John Ensign says that the mere description of a
partial birth abortion makes a person shudder.
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. Americans
do not believe that the right to abortion and choice
should include the killing of unborns by suctioning out
Abortion advocates are recycling
old myths about partial birth abortion and Nevada LIFE
urges the media to check their facts before reporting
these myths as facts or to check with right to life
leaders before printing or broadcasting them.
1. There is no such thing as a
partial birth abortion.
The Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary lists a
definition of partial birth abortion but not the
pseudo-medical jargon terms abortion created by abortion
advocates and abortionists.
2. This is a ban on late term
or third trimester abortions.
This is not a ban on when an abortion is done,
but how it is done and the location of the baby when he or
she is killed. Most
partial birth abortions are done in the 4th-6th
3. The ban does not include a
This bill has always contained an exception, though
Congressional finds indicated it is never necessary for a
woman’s health. The
law specifically 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.”
4. Partial birth abortions
occur only in acute medical circumstances.
Partial Birth Abortion pioneer James McMahon told
Congress that in one series of 2000 partial birth
abortions that only 9 percent were for medical reasons.
The leading medical reason was depression.
5. Partial birth abortions are
1997 Ron Fitzsimmons, director of the National Coalition
of Abortion Providers, said that there were probably
3500-5000 a year in the United States.
We believe that to be a low number since one New
Jersey abortion clinic admitted to doing 1500 in one year.
In rate of incidence of partial birth abortion is
not what makes it wrong.
Partial birth abortion is wrong no matter how many
times this gruesome procedure is performed.
6. The description of partial
birth abortion is vague and will lead to prosecution of
other forms of abortion.
This law is carefully written.
It is very specific and is meant to erase any
confusion between a partial birth abortion and a D & E
abortion, dilation and extraction.
D & E abortions are used in the second and
third trimesters. D
& E dismembers the fetus in utero and evacuates the
torn fetus in pieces.
7. The unborn is killed
painlessly by the anesthesia given to the mother.
This has been repudiated emphatically by the two
leading societies of anesthesiologists.
Expert testimony has shown that the unborn is quite
sensitive to pain during the time partial birth abortions
Finally, there is a grossly inaccurate conception of what
Roe v. Wade and it’s companion case Doe v. Bolton say
about the legality of abortion.
No reasons are necessary for an abortion through
the end of the 27th week, or second trimester.
Abortion is legal to preserve the health of the
mother in the 7th through 9th
The health of the mother as defined in Doe v.
Bolton is not limited to the physical threat posed to the
mother from the child.
Doe says “… medical judgment may be
exercised in the light of all factors - physical,
emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age -
relevant to the wellbeing of the patient. All these
factors may relate to health.”
The bottom line is that abortion is legal under Roe
and Doe through all nine months for the woman who wants