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Partial Birth Abortion Defined

A late-term abortion, especially one in which a viable fetus is partially delivered through the cervix before being extracted. - American Heritage Dictionary

Background
U.S. Supreme Court hands down a Pro-life Victory!

On April 18, 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld action taken by Congress in 2003 to prohibit the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortions.  While this decision does not completely affect the precedence established by Roe v. Wade, it substantially confirms the “legitimate interest of the government in protecting the life of the fetus that may become a child.”

The Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003 (PL 108-288) declared that there exists a moral, medical, and ethical consensus that the practice of performing a partial-birth abortion is gruesome and inhumane because the physician partially delivers a child with the intention of killing him/her by piercing or crushing the skull. The federal law prohibited this practice and provided criminal penalties for the physician.

This ban on partial birth abortions was challenged by Dr. Leroy Carhart, an abortionist from Nebraska, as well as three others. Their complaint alleged that the federal ban was unconstitutional because it did not include an exception for the health of the mother and it restricted a woman’s right to choose a late term abortion. This week Gonzales v. Carhart (No. 05-380), was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 5-4 split decision the Court ruled that The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 does not violate the U.S. Constitution due to the absence of a “health exception.”

Justices in the majority were Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Alito, Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas.  Justices in the minority were Breyer, Ginsburg, Souter, and Stevens. This was a close decision, but will clearly have the effect of saving many young lives!

Full text of Gonzales v. Carhart, et al

Full text of federal law under review in Gonzales v. Carhart
(Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, PL 108-288; Effective November 5, 2003)

 

"The Hand of Hope" - Samuel Armas

There is a picture you have to see - picture that may define reality and change your life. Maybe by now you've heard about this picture. It is pretty graphic and might not be something for kids to see. But the picture is both amazing and real.

It is a picture of Samuel Armas. Actually a picture of little Sam holding his doctors hand. But little Samuel has not yet been born. He was only 21 weeks old at the time.

Doctors were performing an amazing in utero surgery to limit the impact of spinal bifida on this preborn child. As the doctors surgically reached inside the womb to repair Sam's spine - his tiny hand reached out and embraced the doctors finger. The surgery was so sensitive that the doctors were heard telling their staff to stay quiet and not wake the baby.

The surgery went well and chances are very good the young Sam will make it. He may even see the day when he gets to shake that surgeons hand again.

I've seen the picture. It is the most compelling case for unborn life yet made. Without a single word being spoken - Young Samuel Armas and his loving mother are sending a message to the world.

Sam is only 21 weeks old. Old enough to be sick. Old enough to be healed. Old enough to be loved, and old enough to hold the hand of one who could save his life or end it.

The Public Square Transcript, Samuel Armas

 

Photo Courtesy of Michael Clancy

 
Resources
 
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Articles

Abortion Ruling Emboldens Opponents, Fobes.com

Abortion Fight Coming, Newsday.com

Justices Uphold Abortion Procedure Ban, Forbes.com

High Court Backs Ban on Disputed Abortion Method, LA Times

Top Court Upholds Ban on Abortion Procedure, MSNBC

 

 

 

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