partial-birth abortion


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partial-birth abortion

(pär′shəl-bûrth′)

partial-birth abortion

An abortion performed in the second or third-trimester, in which the products of conception are removed by suction curettage and forceps and the cranial contents of the fetus are evacuated before the removal of the fetus from the uterus. Synonym: dilation and evacuation
See also: abortion

partial-birth abortion

An abortion in which a live fetus is partially delivered but is then killed before the delivery is completed. The concept has aroused fierce controversy as the procedure is considered by many to be indistinguishable from infanticide. It is, however, performed only when it is medically necessary to protect the life or health of the mother and, in such cases, is usually protected by law.
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Moreover, the entire thesis of PBABA is that the performance of a partial-birth abortion is an act of violence.
In the partial-birth abortion, the premature infant is fully delivered - all except for the head.
During the 14 years of intensive debate about partial-birth abortions, the public's attitude became more pro-life as the abortion debate was re-focused: away from pro-abortion slogans and towards the horrific reality of abortion; the annual number of abortions decreased; and, defending the indefensible, the pro-abortion side was caught in so many lies and deceptions that its credibility greatly suffered.
In addition to being involved in the Nebraska case, the ACLJ also backed the government's position -- on behalf of members of Congress -- in two other challenges of the national ban on partial-birth abortion in cases in New York and California.
Even if the practical end result of the partial-birth abortion ban is to cause abortionists to switch to other methods, the attention drawn to the issue may help arouse the conscience of a complacent American public.
The ban does not apply when the life of a pregnant women is threatened, which covers all or nearly all instances in which the partial-birth abortion procedure is performed.
When the debate began over the partial-birth abortion procedure, Fitzsimmons said, "I learned right away that this was being done for the most part in cases that did not involve those extreme circumstances" cited by opponents of the ban.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling declaring the national ban on partial-birth abortion unconstitutional.
Simply describing partial-birth abortion is enough to revolt a majority of Americans, who have asked time and again for the barbaric, infanticidal practice to end.
Judge Richard Kopf in Nebraska ruled against the Act earlier this month in a lengthy opinion citing testimony that babies are alive during a partial- birth abortion, that the baby's heart can be seen beating before the head is punctured or crushed, and that partial-birth abortion is "excruciatingly painful for a fetus.
A seven-year-old crusade against partial-birth abortion, which began in the U.
This includes the gruesome, and medically unwarranted, method of infanticide called partial-birth abortion.

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