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a partial birth abortion? I must confess I didn't know what a
partial birth abortion was. I more or less assumed that the mother
would 'take a pill" or something, and as 'easy and painless" as
that sounds that's what I thought it was. I was wrong. I have
never been one to think about abortion, because I find it very
hard to think about. The act of "killing" a unborn baby makes
me shiver. It seems so cold blooded and inhuman. But that's my
opinion. I did not know what defined a 'partial birth abortion",
(PGA), and really didn't want to know.
my mail last week and in my mail was a newsletter detailing partial
birth abortions as well as a few medical facts, and I was shocked
when I read it. I feel we must educate ourselves about this subject,
as it has become a hot debate in the world of today. Here's a
few facts, complied from several educational sources, and I apologize
for their graphic and painful nature:
birth abortions are performed in the fifth month of pregnancy
and later. In a partial birth abortion, the abortionist pulls
a living baby feet-first out of the womb with forceps, aided by
ultrasound, and then into the birth canal (vagina).
purposely keeps the head inside the cervix (the opening to the
womb). He then punctures the base of the skull with a long surgical
scissors, which he spreads part to make an opening for a catheter
(tube) which is attached to a powerful suction machine. The baby's
brain is then suctioned, causing the skull to collapse, after
which the abortionist completes the delivery of the now-dead baby.
birth abortions are performed on babies with a gestational age
of 20 weeks, or 5 months.
the large body of evidence on the public record, it appears that
the great majority of partial-birth abortions (likely over 90%)
are performed in the 5th and 6th months of pregnancy, and purely
for non-medical, 'personal" reasons.
performed usually in the 5th and 6th months, the partial-birth
abortion method has been used to perform many abortions in the
3rd trimester--7th month and later.
on May 23 and December 13, 1996, President Clinton has claimed
that the partial birth abortion procedure is necessary to prevent
grave injury to women whose unborn babies have greatly enlarged
heads (hydrocephaly). Clinton's claim has been refuted by eminent
medical specialists, who say that such cases are typically handled
by removal of the excess fluid through a narrow needle, after
which the baby-usually alive although brain damaged-is delivered
without jeopardy to the mother.
defenders of partial-birth abortions such as Kate Michelnian,
have insisted that anesthesia kills the babies before they are
removed from the womb. This is entirely untrue. The babies are
alive and experience great pain when they are subjected to a partial
have testified that anesthesia, even general anesthesia, given
to the mother has little or no effect on the baby. Jean A. Wright,
associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesia at Emory University
testified that recent research shows that by the time a baby is
developed enough to be a candidate for partial birth abortion,
the fetus is sensitive to pain-perhaps even more than a full term
"This procedure, if it was done on an animal in my institution,
would not make it through the institutional review process. The
animal would be more protected than this child is."
passed by Congress allows a partial-abortion to be performed if
necessary to save a woman's life. But pro-abortion groups and
President Clinton also demand an exception for 'health" abortion--a
huge loophole that would allow partial birth abortions for "emotional
well-being" or "depression."
Haskell, who has performed over 1000 partial birth abortions,
said that he performs them "routinely" for non-medical reasons,
and that 80% are purely elective." Medical experts testified before
congressional committees that it is never necessary to kill a
baby that has been almost entirely delivered to preserve the life
or health of the mother.
I am sure,
after reading these facts, that you are as shocked as I was. I
hope my intent to inform you about this procedure will not be
taken in a wrong way. I didn't write this to "dramatize or sensationalize"
these proceedings. If you feel strongly about partial birth abortion,
call or write your local congressman and let him know how you
feel. God states that children are a blessing...I wish we could
all receive them as such. It's a sad world that values the life
of an endangered animal, but not the life of an unborn child of
I do hope
I haven't offended anyone with this article. I know such information
is hard to read. But partial birth abortion is happening in this
county that we live in, everyday. Pray for the return of Jesus
Christ for everyone's sake...and pray for the souls of these little,
helpless, innocent babies.
Our Lord which art in
heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come...