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House Promotes Life by Passing Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

For Immediate Release. July 26, 2002The House of Representatives took a positive step forward when it sent a message that it is time for the government to stop promoting a “culture of death,” through the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2002 (H.R.) on July 24, 2002 by a 274-151 vote.  In the common vernacular , this late-term abortion procedure is referred to as partial-birth abortion but in the medical literature it is known as an intact dilation and extraction (D&X). 

Unfortunately, as is the case with many pro-life issues, this measure’s fate in the Senate is unclear. 

"It is tragic, as well as unbelievable, that any representative in Washington could vote for this certainly excruciatingly painful procedure that forcibly incises the cranium with a scissor and then sucks out the intra-cranial contents," said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.   For the humane care of animals used in medical research, the pain management practiced for an intact D&X on a human baby would not meet federal standards.  The heinous procedure of intact D&X as a means of terminating a baby’s life is a needlessly inhumane treatment and must be banned.

Contrary to what many will say about intact D&X, to evaluate or attest to its safety there exist no credible studies.  Furthermore, if a physician deems it necessary to perform a late-term abortion in pregnancy, there are other procedures available, and none of them posses the risks to a women health as does this medically unnecessary procedure.  In the case of partial-birth abortion, a woman is at risk for the potential complications associated with any surgical mid-trimester termination, that include hemorrhage, infection and uterine perforation.  Also, increased may be the risk of uterine rupture as well as the risk of iatrogenic laceration and secondary hemorrhage.  During this abortion procedure, scissors are forced into the base of the fetal skull while the baby is lodged in the birth canal following internal version and partial breech extraction.  Thus, from laceration of the uterus or cervix by the scissor, this blind procedure risks maternal injury and could result in severe bleeding and the threat of shock or even maternal death. 

In the U.S.,  it is sad to say that this nation has become a “culture of  death”  almost 30 years after abortion became legal.   Furthermore, it is hard to accept, with the option of adoption available to a women, that they would have such a disrespect for life and would undergo this procedure.  Tragically, this heinous procedure of partial-birth abortion is being performed for the convenience of abortion and not the health of the women because there are three other procedures that could be used to terminate a pregnancy that does not put the woman’s health at risk like this abortion procedure. And contrary to what proponents may claim, the D&X procedure is performed upward to 90 percent on absolutely normal not abnormal babies.

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy

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