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What is Partial-Birth Abortion?
Partial-Birth Abortion is a
procedure in which the
abortionist pulls a living baby feet-first out of the womb and into the
birth canal (vagina), except for the head, which the abortionist purposely keeps
lodged just inside the cervix (the opening to the womb). The abortionist
punctures the base of the baby’s skull with a surgical instrument, such as a
long surgical scissors or a pointed hollow metal tube called a trochar. He then
inserts a catheter (tube) into the wound, and removes the baby's brain with a
powerful suction machine. This causes the skull to collapse, after which the
abortionist completes the delivery of the now-dead baby.
is the Partial-Birth Abortion act?
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act would ban performance of a partial-birth
abortion except if it were necessary to the save a mother's life. The bill
defines partial-birth abortion as an abortion in which “the person performing
the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus
until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is
outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part
of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother,” and then
kills the baby. The bill would permit use of the procedure if “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.”
Partial-Birth Abortions Common?
According to Ron
Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers
(1997), and other sources, it appears that partial-birth abortions are performed
3,000 to 5,000 times annually. (Even those numbers may be low.) Based on
published interviews with numerous abortionists, and interviews with Fitzsimmons
in 1997, the “vast majority” of partial-birth abortions are performed in
the fifth and sixth months of pregnancy, on healthy babies of healthy mothers.
Why is it called "Partial-Birth"?
Under state laws, a “live birth”
occurs when a baby is entirely expelled from the mother and shows any signs of
life, however briefly -- regardless of whether the baby is “viable,” i.e.,
developed enough to be sustained outside the womb with neo-natal medical
assistance. Even at 4˝ months (20 weeks), perinatologists say that if a baby is
expelled or removed completely from the uterus, she will usually gasp for breath
and sometimes survive for hours, even though lung development is usually
insufficient to permit successful sustained respiration until 23 weeks. Thus,
the term “partial-birth” is perfectly descriptive.