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Infanticide Banned by the Senate

For Immediate Release. October 23, 2003 On October 21, 2003, the Senate approved the Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003 (S.3) by a 64-34 vote.  Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed on a 281-142 vote the Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003 (H.R. 760).  The measure now goes to President Bush who has indicated that he will sign it into law.

“After an eight year fight by pro-life activists, although there is no doubt a legal challenge will be mounted against the measure¾this inhumane and brutally heinous procedure known as partial-birth abortion is one step closer to being terminated,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.

Tragically, the liberal left continues their assault on life and though defeated for now continues to promote their message of a “culture of death.” and disinformation.  For example, Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat-California) said, “This is indeed a historic day, because for the first time in history Congress is banning a medical procedure that is considered medically necessary by physicians.”  Also, Senator Frank Lautenberg (Democrat-New Jersey) said that the President “will become the first United States President to criminalize a safe medical procedure.“ And Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean, a physician said, “As a physician, I am outraged that the Senate has decided it is qualified to practice medicine, [the legislation] will endanger the lives of countless women.”

Former governor Dean should revisit his Hippocratic Oath because there are absolutely no obstetrical situations encountered in the United States (U.S.) which require a partially delivered human fetus to be destroyed to preserve the life of the mother.  In fact, late-term abortions are detrimental to the health of women.  Since it can lead to cervical incompetence in subsequent pregnancies caused by three days of forceful dilation of the cervix and uterine rupture due to the rotation of the fetus within the womb – this procedure will always be medically risky to the mother. 

This procedure when performed on the unborn infant causes it to suffer pain.  Fully capable of experiencing pain is the fetus within this timeframe of gestation, 20 weeks and beyond.  For any infant subjected to such a surgical procedure, all of this is a dreadfully painful experience.  Furthermore, the banning of late-term abortions is supported by 70 percent of Americans according to a USA TODAY/CNN/ Gallup Poll in January. 

Moral Issues are no doubt brought up in the debate of this inhumane and brutally heinous procedure known as partial-birth abortion.  In terms of human rights as well as human dignity there can be no debate even by pro-choice advocates that such a procedure should be banned.   If such a procedure were used on animals, animal- rights advocates across the world would be outraged and would be calling for the end of its practice.  It is time for people across this nation to call for the end of the “culture of death” that has taken its grip upon this nation for 30 years and begin to promote a “culture of life”. 

So many people across this nation wonder and are puzzled why the children of America are becoming more and more violent at younger ages.  One reason for this is that they are just reflecting the actions of adults across this land that have a blatant disregard for life as they murder their unborn babies through abortions. 

“When a legal challenge does occur, it will be time for every American to hold justices across America as well as the Supreme Court accountable, for their actions,” said Dr. Rutkowski. “And if the ruling is against this measure once it becomes law, they must demand that they be removed from the bench and call for an end to their judicial activism because the Constitution DOES protect the unborn."

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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