Partial Birth Abortion

Partial-Birth Abortions

Partial-Birth Abortion unnecessary

"Never is the partial-birth procedure necessary. Not for hydrocephaly..., not for polyhydramnios...and not for trisomy...in no case is it necessary to partially deliver an infant through the vagina and then kill the infant."

-Physicians Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19, 1996

Partial-Birth Abortion a danger to women

"Contrary to what abortion activists would have us believe, partial-birth abortion is never medically indicated to protect a woman's health or her fertility. In fact, the opposite is true: The procedure can pose a significant and immediate threat to both the pregnant woman's health and her fertility."

-Physicians Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth, Wall Street Journal, Sept 19, 1996

"Health" exclusion = abortion on request

Legal definition of "health" relating to abortion: "All factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age - relevant to the well being of the patient."

-Doe v. Bolton, US Supreme Court, Jan 22, 1973

Statistics

"Doctors at Metropolitan Medical in Englewood [New Jersey] estimate that their clinic alone performs 3,000 abortions a year on fetuses between 20 and 24 weeks [i.e., 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 months] of which at least half are by intact dilation and evacuation [partial-birth].

-The Record, a Bergen County, NJ newspaper

The Partial-Birth Abortion procedure

PBA line drawings

"Having read Dr. Haskell's paper, I can assure you that these drawings accurately represent the procedure described therein."

-Prof. Watson Bowes, Univ. of North Carolina, co-editor "Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey"

Submitted by Cleta Jasper, CRL Board of Directors