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Poland & Abortion (2008)

A Pro-Life Nation: Interview With Leader of Polish Federation   By Antonio Gaspari    Many speak of abortion as a fruit of women's emancipation and progress, but Poland sees it otherwise: Legal abortion was imposed there first by the Nazis and later by the Communists, and it has repercussions, says the leader of a pro-life organization.   Antoni Zieba [vice president, Polish Federation of Pro-Life Movements] spoke with ZENIT about the Polish outlook on abortion.   He expressed his dismay that the United Nations and the European Union put pressure on Poland to liberalize abortion. The nation's abortion law permits the procedure only in cases of a severe fetal deformity, or when the woman's life is in danger because of the pregnancy, or she is a victim of rape.   Compared with Spain for example, which has a similar abortion law, Poland has a very low number of abortions. In Spain in 2006 there were 98,500 abortions, while in Poland that same year, there were 360 abortions, less than one a day.   Q: What is the secret of low abortions in Poland? Is the law applied more rigorously, or is the culture of life stronger?   Zieba: I don't know exactly what the situation is in Spain. What I can say is that Polish society is pro-life. We have reached this objective thanks to decades of works of apostolate, also carried out during Communist domination…we have engaged in intense activity in defense of the life of the unborn.   This apostolic action was intensified thanks to the activity of several movements and organizations that were formed after the...

Abortion Law Around the World

(Reuters)  Britain will mark the 40th anniversary of the day the Abortion Act came into force on April 28, 1968. Studies by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation, published last October, show the number of abortions worldwide fell to less than 42 million in 2003 from 46 million in 1995. Here is an overview of the abortion law in some countries: UNITED KINGDOM – Abortion has been legal in Britain since 1968 for pregnancies up to 24 weeks. The British law does not apply to Northern Ireland, which retains many restrictions on abortion. CHINA – The world's most populous country with 1.2 billion people, China limits most families to one child and encourages abortion as a way of controlling population growth. INDIA – With a population of more than 1 billion, India allows abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if a qualified doctor says it is necessary to save the mother's life. — If the pregnancy is more than 12 weeks but less than 20, two registered medical practitioners must agree an abortion is necessary. The written consent of the woman, or of the guardian if the woman is under 18 or mentally challenged, is required for an abortion. AUSTRALIA – Abortion is not legal in six states and two territories, but is officially allowed if a woman's life is at risk. Many women circumvent the law using 1960s and 1970s common law rulings which permit abortion on social and economic grounds. Restrictions on abortion vary by jurisdiction and women are allowed abortion on demand in the state of Western Australia. EUROPE – The legal...

Abortionist Dehenre Guilty of Killing His Wife (2008)

MS ABORTIONIST'S TRIAL BEGINS. A Mississippi abortion practitioner who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife 10 years ago and raped a patient five years before that saw his trial begin Thursday. Malachy DeHenre, who is 56, has lost his medical licenses in various states because of botched abortions. Six years ago a jury failed to convict DeHenre in the shooting death of his wife Dr. Nyasha Rose DeHenre. A gunshot to the head while she was in the couple's home resulted in her death. DeHenre was re-indicted on the charges when new evidence came to light, arrested last December and ordered held without bond. Local authorities have filed new indictments in the case saying they have more evidence to prove DeHenre's guilt. They also filed a second charge accusing the abortion practitioner of raping a 21-year-old patient in March 1992. In December, DeHenre attorney David Ratcliff said the former abortion practitioner is not a flight risk but a judge opposed bond because both charges carry life sentences and because he is not a citizen of the United States. He is from Nigeria but has applied for citizenship. DeHenre's New Woman Medical Center abortion facility in Jackson closed in 2005 and he was required, in December 2005, to pay substantial damages to a woman who was injured in a failed abortion in 2003. Circuit Judge Winston Kidd awarded Latosha Travis $500,000 in damages after the abortion center failed to respond to her lawsuit. DeHenre and the abortion business were defendants in the suit. In March 2005, the Mississippi state medial board suspended his medical license...

1978: Chicago Newspaper Exposed Unsafe Abortions; Not Much Has Changed in 30 Years…

1978: Series exposed unsafe abortions February 13, 2008 In 1978, the Chicago Sun-Times wasn't interested in the morality of abortion when it spent five months looking at the procedure. The paper wanted to know: Were women who had abortions here receiving the safe, competent care the U.S. Supreme Court said they were entitled to back in 1973? What Sun-Times investigative reporters Pam Zekman and Pamela Warrick — working with the Better Government Association — found in their series "The Abortion Profiteers" was, in some cases, downright terrifying. The Sun-Times/BGA team had people work undercover in six Michigan Avenue clinics. The team uncovered incompetent and unqualified doctors who performed abortions without giving their patients anesthetics. Sometimes, it made no difference if a woman was actually pregnant — she'd still be sold an abortion. In one truly horrifying case, a couple was sent to a disreputable Detroit abortionist whose dog accompanied the nurse into the operating room — then lapped up blood from the floor. The series prompted immediate action. Within two weeks, two abortion clinics were closed down, a doctor's license was revoked, a criminal investigation was launched and a governor's task force was appointed to re-evaluate the state's regulation and licensing of abortion clinics and counselors. One abortion doctor highlighted in the Sun-Times' series renounced his work and became a member of the Moody Church on North La Salle. The doctor, Arnold Bickham, once described himself to Zekman as "the most notorious physician in this city." He indicated he made $1 million a year performing abortions.   His medical license was temporarily suspended because, according to the state, he...

Alabama Abortions 1970s-2013

Alabama Abortions Decline by Almost 60 Percent Since 1980 YEAR                           Abortion Occurrence 1973-1979                               68,470 1980                                        20,780 1981                                         19,840 1982                                         19,930 1983                                         17147 1984                                         19,210 1985                                         19,380 1986                                         15,540 1987                                         14,642 1988                                         14,766 1989                                         14,211 1990                                         15,012 1991                                          14,097 / 32% -6683 1992                                         13,358 1993                                         14,494 1994                                         14,825 1995                                         14,221 1996                                        13,826 1997                                        13,063 1998                                        13,386 1999                                        13,273 2000                                       13,553 2001                                       13,382 / 35.6% -7398 2002                                       12,249 2003                                       10,979 2004                                       11,370 2005                                       11,211 2006                                       11,654 2007                                       11,267 2008                                      11,268 2009                                      10,882 2010                                      10,280 2011                                        9,523 / 54.2% -11,257 2012                                       9,076 / 56.3% -11,704 2013                                       8,485 / 59.2% -12,295 Reduction in Reported Abortion Numbers since 1980 Peak in AL: 20,780 % Reduction in Reported Abortion Numbers in AL, 1980 – 2013: 59.2% 1987 Parental Notification and Consent Law enacted 1997 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 2002 Women’s Right to Know Act – Informed consent with 24 hour waiting period 2006 Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2010 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 2013 Women’s Health & Safety Act [Statistics used are the occurrence abortion numbers within Alabama according to ADPH / CDC]     Alabama Abortion Statistics for 2008 Total Abortions Occurring in AL in 2008:  11,268 Women Under 18 Only: 784  (272 White – 35%; 502 Black – 64%) Total White:     4,428 (39%) Total Black:      6,589 (58%) Other/Not Stated: 223/28 Unmarried  – 9,979 (89%) 59% of all abortions occurring in AL were to Women aged 20-29 4037 Women had 1 or more previous abortions (36%); 82 Women each had 4 previous abortions; 5 Women each had 7 previous abortions   Total Abortions for Residents of Alabama in...

2006, 2005, 2004 U.S. Abortion Statistics (CDC, 11/07, 11/09; AGI, 1/08)

According to the CDC, in 2004, there were 839,226 legal abortions in the U.S., excluding the states of AK, CA, NH, OK, WV, which did not report to the CDC for that year. CDC data indicate that Black women obtained 38.2% of all U.S. abortions for 2004 (in the states reporting). According to the CDC, inconsistent method use of the oral contraceptives (75.9%) or condoms (49.3%) was the most common reason that women became pregnant and obtained abortions. The AGI reports that, for 2005, there were 1.21 Million legal U.S. abortions. This does not indicate that abortion numbers are on the rise. AGI statistics are usually considerably higher than those from the CDC because AGI actively collects data from states and abortion facilities nationwide, and because several states do not report to the CDC… 2006 CDC Abortion Surveillance: Abortions Rose 3.1% in 2006, Other Research Shows Decline A new report from the Centers for Disease Control claims the number of abortions has rose during 2006, the last year for which it has national data available. However, a January 2008 report from a pro-abortion group that is considered more effective in tabulating abortions shows abortions declining. Each year, the CDC requests abortion data from 52 reporting areas, including New York City and the District of Columbia. However, just 49 areas gave the CDC abortion stats and only 46 have reported consistently over the last 10 years. California, Louisiana, and New Hampshire are not included in the annual abortion totals the CDC reports. The new report indicates there were a total of 846,181 abortions during 2006, which the CDC says is...

Abortion & Illegitimate Births

It's Not Enough to Be 'Wanted':  Illegitimacy has risen despite–indeed, because of–legal abortion. The abortion debate usually centers on the morality of the act itself. But liberalizing abortion rules from 1969 to 1973 ignited vast social changes in America. With the perennial political debate over abortion again consuming the presidential campaign and the Supreme Court, it might be time to evaluate what Roe v. Wade has meant in practical terms. One often misunderstood fact: Legal abortions just didn't start with Roe, or even with the five states that liberalized abortion laws in 1969 and 1970. Prior to Roe, women could have abortions when their lives or health were endangered. Doctors in some states, such as Kansas, had very liberal interpretations of what constituted danger to health. Nevertheless, Roe did substantially increase abortions, more than doubling the rate per live birth in the five years from 1972 to 1977. But many other changes occurred at the same time: • A sharp increase in pre-marital sex. • A sharp rise in out-of-wedlock births. • A drop in the number of children placed for adoption. • A decline in marriages that occur after the woman is pregnant. Some of this might seem contradictory. Why would both the number of abortions and of out-of-wedlock births go up? If there were more illegitimate births, why were fewer children available for adoption? As to the first puzzle, part of the answer lies in attitudes to premarital sex. With abortion seen as a backup, women as well as men became less careful in using contraceptives as well as more likely to have premarital sex. There were...

Use of Misoprostol Abortion Drug: Still Unsafe for Women (update 8/2013)

Misoprostol Off-Label Abortion Pills being Sold at Flea Markets [NOTE: Be advised that these are dangerous drugs, chemical pollutants in a woman's body; we have no idea of the long-term effects of these chemicals on women.] When many people think of abortion pills, they think of RU-486, the abortion drug developed in France in the 1980s and sold in the U.S. since 2000. But there is another drug, misoprostol, a prostaglandin normally used in conjunction with RU-486, that is being increasingly promoted and used by itself as a stand-alone abortifacient. And word is that misoprostol is now being sold at border town flea markets in Texas.After all these years, many people do not know that “RU-486” is actually a two-drug abortion technique. RU-486 (generic name mifepristone) is a drug that causes a baby’s life support system to shut down, essentially starving the child to death. To complete the abortion, another drug, a prostaglandin is used, misoprostol, to stimulate powerful uterine contractions to expel the tiny corpse. Somewhere along the line, someone figured out that a pregnant woman could try skipping the RU-486 and just take the prostaglandin, initiating a violent labor that forcefully aborts the child. But it is a much riskier proposition than most women know—for both the child and herself—which we will detail later in this story. Why do it then? For two reasons. First, because it is considerably cheaper than RU-486. Second, misoprostol has legitimate medical uses and is therefore easier to obtain. RU-486 pills have been priced at about $90 a pill while misoprostol costs only maybe a couple of dollars a pill. Available on...

Because It's Cheaper?

[It appears that, because of the high cost for RU 486, which is used to kill the embryo, some are now using misoprostol only as an abortifacient. This causes uterine contractions and is apparently being used time after time until the embryo is expelled.] "Reproductive Health Care," so called, continues to devolve, as more medical "coathanger" regimens are experimented with. See below. Brazil already has an experience with "misoprostol only" abortions that shows a significant number of failed abortions result in babies with severe craniofacial and limb defects, presumably from intense fetal muscle contraction effects of high dose misoprostol, resulting in compromised blood supply, and compromised development.   Following is a report from one of our board members:   I think the trend is away from RU-486. I have been studying the regimens that "reproductive health" organizations such as Gynuity and Ipas have been spreading throughout the third world. The stated goal is do-it-yourself cheap abortion. Now it is coming back to the U.S.A. I just learned that at Kaiser Redwood City – near Palo Alto in one of the most affluent areas of the U.S. – they are doing misoprostol abortions. Women take up to three doses by themselves at home if the first dose doesn't work. Kaiser, of course, is a closed HMO/IPA, and money saved on pharmaceuticals can go right into bonuses. Kaiser may be a larger abortion provider in California than Planned Parenthood and they have gone over heavily to medical abortion. I guess from the point of view of "cost effectiveness" there is not much of a contest between the $300+ FDA approved RU-486...

Maternal Deaths from RU 486 and/or Misoprostol / preborn defects

Known Maternal Mortality from RU 486 (also known as mifepristone, or Mifeprex) and Misoprostol-Only Abortions as of 10/06 Seven US deaths named by Professor McGregor at the CDC-FDA Atlanta meeting (one from ectopic pregnancy + 4 from California + 1 from Colorado and one after only misoprostol in a midwestern state). We have also one death from Canada because of clostridium sordelli sepsis during a clinical trial with mifepristone/misoprostol, one girl from Sweden because of massive blood loss, one in France after use of mifepristone plus sulprostone and three English women: two referred by the British Health Minister Melanie Johnson (Sunday Telegraph, Jan the 18th 2004) and another revealed during a hearing at the Australian Senate (N. 1.123 in Therapeutic Goods Amendement (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for for approval of RU486) Bill 2005 in http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/Ru486/report/c01.htm). Seven American deaths plus six European deaths for a total of 13 maternal deaths after medical abortions. The case from Cuba is therefore the 14th. During one session of an international meeting of FIAPAC in Rome (10/06) upon the practical aspects of the medical abortion, gynaecologists from Cuba announced another woman dead in the Caribbean island after a medical abortion. I personally talked to the collegues and these were the facts. The drug used was misoprostol administered in four doses of 400 mcg each, intravaginally (no use of mifepristone). After the fourth dose of PG the woman began to feel bad, bleed spontaneously and worse in the vital parameters. The recovery in the intensive care unit was useless as the patient died because of a DIC after only 21 hours since the last dose...

The Documents that Produced the Original U.S. State Abortion Laws

"The Documents that Produced the Laws Overturned by Roe v. Wade" http://www.priory.com/homol/abortionhist.htm This article serves as an excellent introduction to America's greatest pro-life hero, Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D. The original American Medical Association documents that urged states laws be enacted to prevent abortion are shown at this webpage. Henry Miller, then President of the AMA, in his 1860 Presidential Address, commended Storer's work on the "Memorial" and wrote in part: "…in the preparation of the Memorial as well as of the Address directed to the various State Medical Societies, requesting their co-operation with the Association, in pressing this important subject on the attention of the legislatures of their respective States. The memorial, with the accompanying documents, was transmitted in January last to the President of the United States and the Governor of each of the States and Territories of the Union, the legislatures of several of them being at the time in session. What disposition has been made of them I am not informed; but the hope may be reasonably indulged that their Excellencies have submitted them to the National, State, and Territorial legislatures, or will embrace the earliest opportunity of doing so…"  The above documents discuss the May 1859 meeting of the American Medical Association in Louisville where the Resolutions aimed at strengthening laws against abortion were unanimously adopted.[1] The officers signing these two documents were not the physicians responsible for the antiabortion effort. The Committee on Criminal Abortion who provided the Report on Criminal Abortion and these associated Resolutions was made up of Chairman, Horatio Robinson Storer, of Boston, Hugh Lenox Hodge, of Philadelphia, Charles A. Pope, of...

Abortion – Contraception Linked: Quotes from Drug Agencies & Researchers

The Link Between Contraceptives and Abortion Some question the assertion by others that hormonal birth control substances (i.e. birth control pills, implansts like Norplant, Implanon, and injectables like Depo-Provera) can trigger a "post-fertilization effect" which may be an abortifacient mechanism, and as such are sometimes responsible for causing a newly formed embryo to be aborted at 6-10 days after fertilization. This is referred to as a “chemical abortion”.      There is a compelling consensus among birth control manufacturers, population control advocates, and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that chemical abortions are taking place with the use of contraceptives. We would like to quote from a few of their statements.     In 1976, the FDA mandated that physician and patient package inserts accompany the distribution of the Pill. The agency’s proposed warning read: “…oral contraceptives are of two types. The most common…is a combination of an estrogen and a progestin, the two kinds of female hormones…this kind of oral contraceptive works principally by preventing release of an egg from the ovary. The second type of oral contraceptive, often called the mini-pill, contains only a progestin. It works, in part, by preventing release of an egg from the ovary, but also by keeping sperm from reaching the egg and making the uterus (womb) less receptive to any fertilized egg that reaches it.” (emphasis added) (Federal Register, 7Dec76, page 53640). Physician package inserts for the Pill are still required today and they still use language that indicates the Pill, Depo-Provera and Norplant inhibit implantation.      Eugenicist and population control zealot, Margaret Sanger, was the founder of Planned Parenthood. According to Gregory Pincus, co-developer of...

How Many Deaths Will It Take for the FDA to Suspend Sales of RU-486?

A pattern can be discerned in the reaction of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bad news about RU-486. See if you can spot a trend. EVENT 1: A special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association (Summer 2000), seemingly intended to promote approval of the drug in the United States, was full of red flags. One study, for example, compared bleeding patterns following RU-486 and surgical abortions. Twenty percent of women who underwent RU-486/misoprostol abortion suffered prolonged bleeding for 35 to 42 days. The FDA already knew that in the Population Council’s drug trials 65 women “(7.9%) … received surgical interventions: 13 (1.6%) were… mostly for the excessive bleeding” (Mifeprex label, available at www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2005/020687s013lbl.pdf). An emergency room physician from Waterloo, Iowa testified before the FDA that he had saved the life of a woman who, as a result of participating in the RU-486 drug trials, had lost 1/2 to two-thirds of her blood. Dr. Wu Shangchun of the National Research Institute for Family Planning in Beijing, a doctor who collaborates in China’s coercive population control program, warned in the same issue of JAMWA: "Some recent adverse events resulting from undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies have led providers to pay more attention to ultrasound examination" (JAMWA, at 197). He described “common complications” of RU-486 as including “profuse bleeding and allergy…Allergic reactions to mifepristone [RU-486] or misoprostol were not uncommon, manifesting in facial edema, skin rash and itching, numbness of feet and hands, and even a serious case of allergic shock. The potential for such reactions is one reason to keep clients for observation” (at 198). Due...

Abortion – Contraception Link: Quotes from the Abortion Industry Itself

ABORTION-CONTRACEPTION CONNECTION – ABORTION INDUSTRY COMMENTS Pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute has repeatedly reported on major surveys that show 56%-58% of all women having abortions were using contraception the month they became pregnant.   Alan Guttmacher [former President of Planned Parenthood] stated, "…when abortion is easily obtainable, contraception is neither actively nor diligently used…there would be no reward for the woman who practices contraception…Abortion on demand relieves the husband of all responsibility; he simply becomes a coital animal." [Rutgers Law Review 22, 1968]    Alan Guttmacher Institute researcher Stanley K. Henshaw: “Contraceptive users appear to have been more motivated to prevent births than were nonusers.”   Alan Guttmacher Institute researcher Stan E. Weed: “[F]or every 1000 teens between 15-19 years of age enrolled in family planning clinics, we can expect between 50 to 120 more pregnancies.”   Infamous “sexologist” Alfred Kinsey, 1955: “At the risk of being repetitious, I would remind the group that we have found the highest frequency of induced abortions in the groups which, in general, most frequently uses contraception.”   Sociologist Lionel Tiger, 1999: “With effective contraception controlled by women, there are still more abortions than ever…[C]ontraception causes abortion.” National Survey of Family Growth- Contraceptive failure rates show 7% for the pill, 16% for the condom, 22% for the diaphragm, and 30% for spermicide. Figures are even higher for unmarried people. British Abortionist Judith Bury, Brook Advisory Centres, 1981: “…women…have come to request [abortions] when contraception fails. There is overwhelming evidence that, contrary to what you might expect, the provision [availability] of contraception leads to an increase in the abortion rate.” ["Sex Education for Bureaucrats," The...

Online Video Demonstrates Partial Birth Abortion Procedure

ONLINE VIDEO The free, short video clip uses dramatization to show the viewer the basic technique involved in a partial birth abortion. A chair, a sheet, a baby doll and the actual instruments of an abortionist are used — no blood or disturbing images. “Seeing the actual procedure’s steps, even so simply demonstrated, strips away the arguments of why this barbaric procedure should be allowed,” said Paul Nowak, president of R.A.G.E. Media, who posted the video on his blog site. (http://wildreelingtruth.blogspot.com/2006/04/free-online-video-partial-birth_17.html) The clip is part of a presentation on pre-birth development by Dr. William Lile, a pro-life obstetrician and gynaecologist. Dr. Lile has created a multi-media presentation, “The Miracle of Life,” on the unborn child, using ultrasound images and videos of fetal surgery. He includes in the presentation a demonstration of the instruments of abortion, showing how they are used to end the life of the developing child in all three trimesters. Dr. Lile’s website states, “[My] goal is to use the visual technology of modern obstetrics to reveal the personhood of unborn babies threatened by abortion.” Dr. William Lile’s website: http://www.prolifedoc.org/pages/1/index.htm. The video is available at Rage Media: http://dyinglight.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=19 [Schultz, LifeSiteNews.com, 19Apr06]...

Myths & Realities of the Abortion Pill (6/06)

Neither Safe Nor Sure One of the first acts of Italy's new government was to announce the go-ahead for trials using abortion pills. The pills go under a variety of names, including mifespristone, Mifeprex and RU-486. Health Minister Livia Turco announced that a number of hospitals would be able to import the pills for experimentation, reported the daily Corriere della Sera on May 23. The decision reverses the previous government's prohibition of the trials, following a debate over the issue last year. The announcement drew immediate protests. Francesco D'Agostino, president of the National Bioethics Committee, while not going so far as to completely condemn the use of the abortion pill, noted that contrary to first appearances the pill is not all that safe for women and that its use involves objective risks. A May 24 editorial in the Vatican's semiofficial newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, declared that the decision adds another weapon to the anti-life arsenal. It also criticized the haste with which the decision was taken, and the lack of any effort to listen to contrasting opinions on such a contentious issue. Italy's decision comes as concerns over RU-486 are growing in the United States. The pill has been linked to four deaths in California and one in Canada. The deaths were the result of bacterial infections, facilitated, according to a number of experts, by the use of the pill. On May 11 scientists gathered to discuss what role the abortion pill might have played in the deaths, reported the Associated Press that day. Opinions were divided, according to the report, with some holding that the use of RU-486 enabled...

Roe Attorney: Use Abortion to ‘Eliminate’ Certain Groups, Such as Poor

In unearthed letter urged President-elect Clinton to ‘reform’ country. A letter to Bill Clinton written by the co-counsel who successfully argued the Roe v. Wade decision urged the then-president-elect to “eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country” by liberalizing abortion laws. Ron Weddington, who with his wife Sarah Weddington represented “Jane Roe,” sent the four-page letter to President Clinton’s transition team before Clinton took office in January 1993. The missive turned up in an exhibit put together by the watchdog legal group Judicial Watch, which has been researching the Clinton administration’s policy on the abortion drug RU-486, notes James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal‘s Best of the Web. Weddington told the president-elect: “I don’t think you are going to go very far in reforming the country until we have a better educated, healthier, wealthier population.” He said the new leader can “start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country.” Weddington qualified his statement, saying, “No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who can’t afford to have babies. “There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, mean-spirited and … well … so Republican.” Weddington explained he was “not proposing that you send federal agents armed with...

Talking Points: Partial Birth Abortion (PBA)

Necessary? Safe? Protect Women? Says Who? Not Doctors. This InFocus is a compilation of quotes from prominent physicians that refute common misconceptions surrounding PBA.  “Partial-birth abortion is medically necessary.” “This procedure is totally unnecessary and dangerous. If it becomes necessary to evacuate a uterus beyond 20 weeks gestation, there is a recognized standard method taught in all ob/gyn training programs which involves prostaglandins and pitocins.” — Dr. Dominick Caselnova, FACOG, correpondence to Senator Graham of Florida “Because of the dangers posed to women, the distortions regarding the so-called ‘medical necessity’ of partial-birth abortion must not be allowed to stand…The most serious such distortion is the claim, now endorsed by President Clinton, that a partial-birth abortion can be medically necessary to protect the health of a woman carrying a child diagnosed with severe congenital or genetic disabilities…There is no medical basis for such an assertion. Given the many potential risks the procedure entails for the mother, far from being medically indicated, partial-birth abortion is actually contraindicated.” — Physicians Ad Hoc Coalition For Truth “There is only one reason to ever consider the partial-birth abortion procedure “necessary;” to ensure the delivery of a dead child rather than a living one.” — Physicians Ad Hoc Coalition For Truth “From the evidence that has been presented in standard obstetrical textbooks as well as in the annals of research in OB/GYN there is absolutely no medical necessity for this abortion technique portions of which have been clearly documented to be causal factors in the death and reproductive morbidity of women.” — Dr. Pamela Smith, Ob/Gyn, correpondence to Lisa Binns of 60 Minutes, 5-17-96 “I...