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KEY DOCUMENTS: Partial-Birth Abortion Q & A
Blood Brothers: John Kerry and Partial-Birth Abortion - October 10, 2004
"Life, Death, and Partial-Birth Abortion: One Woman's Story" - December 5, 2003
Full text of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban law (Public Law 108-105)
A collection of links to key documents on medical issues relating to partial-birth abortion.
"An Abortion Rights Activist Says He Lied About Procedure," New York Times - February 26, 1997
Partial-Birth Abortion: Comprehensive Q & A with Index - September 11, 1996
NRLC's Comprehensive Library on Partial-Birth Abortion
Media Advisory: Mainstream news media again subjects Republican pro-life positions to hyper-scrutiny and extrapolation, while ignoring President Obama's positions on current legislation on late abortions and abortion for sex selection - August 20, 2012
Partial-Birth Abortion Returns to the U.S. Supreme Court - November 7, 2006
Partial-Birth Abortion Misconceptions and Realities:
During the first year after the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was introduced in mid-1995, many opponents of the bill, such as NARAL's Kate Michelman and syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman, insisted that anesthesia given to the mother painlessly kills the babies before they are pulled feet-first from the womb and stabbed through the back of the skull. But in congressional testimony in 1996 -- virtually ignored by the news media -- this myth was emphatically refuted by the heads of the two major professional societies of anesthesiologists. Other experts testified that the babies are alive and fully capable of experiencing great pain during a partial-birth abortion. To learn more about the pain that partial-birth abortion inflicts on pre-mature human babies, and about the "anesthesia myth," click here.
Key Document: Is Partial-birth abortion a 'health' issue?
Click HERE for a collection of links to key documents on medical issues relating to partial-birth abortion. NOTE: Many of these documents, but not all, require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review Federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act - February 21, 2006
"Partial-Birth Abortion on Trial," by Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Esq. [PDF] (Human Life Review, Spring 2005) Read the shocking sworn testimony, in federal court, by those who perform partial-birth abortions.
Surgical Editing: A Case Study in Pro-Abortion Media Bias - December 23, 2003
President Bush Signs Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act - November 5, 2003
"Partial-Birth Abortion" - You Can Look it Up in the Medical Dictionary! - October 29, 2003
On October 29, 2003, NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson debated Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup on NPR's nationally broadcast "Diane Rehm Show" on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. If you have the common RealPlayer software on your computer, you can listen to the program by clicking here.
Statement by President Bush at press conference and NRLC comment - October 28, 2003
UPDATE: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act: NRLC's Rebuttal to opponents' claims - October 23, 2003
Op-ed by NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson published in USA Today - October 23, 2003
Final language of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (S.3), as approved by both houses of Congress - October 21, 2003 To view or download PDF version, click HERE (requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Gannett News Service again disseminates discredited myths - October 3, 2003
Dueling letters from Colorado abortionist Dr. Warren Hern and NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson - Boulder Camera, June 2003
"To the Point"
On June 10, 2003, NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson was a guest on "To the Point," a radio program produced by Public Radio International and KCRW-FM in Los Angeles, which is broadcast on a number of radio stations around the nation, concerning the implications of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The other guests -- all supporters of Roe v. Wade -- were Planned Parenthood of America President Gloria Feldt, Prof. Jeffrey Rosen, Prof. David Garrow, and Prof. George Lakoff. Hear the 40-minute audio recording by clicking here. (requires RealPlayer)
Revived media myths about Roe v. Wade: An important and timely memo for journalists and policymakers - February 14, 2003 To view in PDF, click HERE.
White House statement on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and hostile amendments [PDF] - March 10, 2003
Key Facts on Partial-Birth Abortion - February 14, 2003
To read or hear what the nurse, Brenda Pratt Shafer, saw during a partial-birth abortion, click HERE
White House statement in support of Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act [PDF] - July 23, 2002
Supreme Court Decision and Dissents in Stenberg v. Carhart - June 28, 2000
Lawmakers Back Away from House Vote on Roe v. Wade - May 25, 2000
I'm Not Answering These Questions - October 20, 1999
"Call it Partial-Birth Abortion - It's the Law!" [PDF] - NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson explains why the term "partial-birth abortion" is accurate and is the ONLY legally correct term for what the bill bans - and why pro-abortion groups hate the term - June 19, 1997
Letter from the American Medical Association endorsing the 1997 version of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act [PDF] - The AMA did not endorse the legislation in later years because it decided it would not support abortion bills with criminal penalties, but the organization never contradicted the factual statements made in this letter that partial-birth abortion "is not good medicine" and "not medically indicated" - May 19, 1997
Under the legal doctrine of Roe v. Wade, it's not what you are, it's where you are. For over 12 weeks, one baby girl was a legal protected "person," but her TWIN SISTER was not. Read about it here. [PDF] - April 2, 1997
American Medical News: "Abortion rights leader urges end to "half truths" (on partial-birth abortion) [PDF] - March 3, 1997
The Record (Bergan, NJ): "Abortion: Activists Lied" [PDF] - February 27, 1997
Roll Call: "Partial-Birth Betrayal: Democrats Seething as Activist Admits Lie" [PDF] - February 27, 1997
New York Times: An Abortion Rights Activist Says He Lied About Abortion Procedure [PDF] - February 26, 1997
The pro-abortion misinformation campaign on partial-birth abortion collapses: NRLC paper to media on reports by American Medical News and PBS Media Matters on how pro-abortion groups misled the news media and the public about partial-birth abortion [PDF] - February 26, 1997
PBS Media Matters: Transcript of 20-minute report in which PBS examined how the major news media gullibly accepted and transmitted pro-abortion misinformation on partial-birth abortion in 1996 and 1996 [BROKEN LINK] - January 1997
Letter from professors of obstetrics in the Physicians' Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth (PHACT) to the president of the executive board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) challenged a statement issued by ACOG on partial-birth abortion [PDF] - January 29, 1997
Leaked memo written by Democratic political pollster Celinda Lake, "Position on so-called 'partial-birth' abortion," advising her clients, pro-abortion members of Congress, on how to "frame" the issue [PDF] - September 17, 1996
Why Are Partial-Birth Abortions Performed? - late 1996
American Medical News: "The View from Mount Koop." - Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop says partial-birth abortion is never a medical necessity for the mother [ PDF] - August 19, 1996
"Frequently Asked Questions on Partial-Birth Abortion," by NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson - September 11, 1996
Note: This material is still useful, but some of it can be found presented with more current information in Mr. Johnson's testimony before a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee in March 1997.
American Medical News: Candid answers from Dr. Warren Hern and other abortionists on partial-birth abortion [PDF] - November 20, 1995
Letter from NARAL, PPFA, NAF, AGI, and dozens of other pro-abortion organizations, misinforming Congress that partial-birth ("D&X") abortions are "fewer than 500 per year" and performed mostly in medically acute circumstances [PDF] - October 2, 1995
To hear or read what nurse Brenda Pratt Shafer saw during a partial-birth abortion, click here.
Which side told the truth about partial-birth abortion? Read the very first - and very accurate - factsheet that NRLC sent to journalists about the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, on June 21, 1995
American Medical News: "Shock-tactic ads target late-term abortion procedure," reporting on groundbreaking interviews with partial-birth abortionists Dr. James McMahon and Dr. Martin Haskell - July 5, 1993
File also includes a letter and interview transcript provided to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution [PDF] - July 11, 1995 [BROKEN LINK]