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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A number of other factors rate nearly as high, including 13% who mention the court's decision on partial-birth abortion. A similar number (14%) are critical of the court for "not getting anything accomplished" or dragging its feet.
No pun intended, but abortion activists should have let the partial-birth abortion issue die a long time ago.
"[The] tragic ruling upholding partial-birth abortion shows why America needs judges who will interpret the law and not legislate from the bench.
The performance of a partial-birth abortion bears a close resemblance to the noneconomic possession of a gun.
The national partial-birth abortion debate officially began in the summer of 1995, when Rep.
(Murray Sabrin, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of New Jersey last year, attacked Republican incumbent Christine Whitman for her support of partial-birth abortion.) Some may even favor curbs on certain drugs.
The law defines "partial-birth abortion" as "an abortion in which a person partially vaginally delivers a living child, causes the death of the partially delivered child with the intent to kill the child, and then completes the delivery of the child." A child is defined as "a human being from the time of fertilization until it is completely delivered from a pregnant woman." The constitutionality of the law, which is now in effect, soon will be tested in a federal trial.
For example, the term partial-birth abortion, which was used in the House and Senate bills, is not found any medical dictionary or textbook.
If only half of the reality of this "abortion procedure" were conveyed, you would find overwhelming opposition akin to that we saw in the public's outrage over partial-birth abortion.
21 it will consider the constitutionality of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Novoa asserted that the term partial-birth abortion is not used in any text-books or journals and is therefore not an accurate description of this destructive procedure.
Although the law defines the partial-birth abortion procedure, most physician groups define partial-birth abortion as intact dilation and extraction (D&X), a variation of the more common midterm abortion procedure known as dilatation and evacuation (D&E).

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