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Bush Signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban

Partial Birth Abortion Myths Recycled

 

FOR 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 child.  With only the head left in the woman, the abortionists punctures the skull and suctions the brains out through a catheter.  Nevada 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 their brains. 

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 months.

3. The ban does not include a health exception.  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 rare.  In 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 are performed. 

8. 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 months.  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 one. 

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