Promotes Life by Passing Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
For Immediate Release.
July 26, 2002 The
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
"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.
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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