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Senate Bans Infanticide

For Immediate Release. March 14, 2003The Senate, overwhelmingly on Thursday, March 13, 2003, by a 64-33 vote, approved the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (S.3) which bans the heinous abortion procedure called dilation and extraction (D&X) or as it is commonly referred to, partial-birth abortion.  The Senate, after an eight-year struggle has sent a message to America that this immoral procedure is wrong, and that government will no longer sanction a “culture of death” but will promote a “culture of life.”   Once this measure is passed by the House of Representative, in the near future, President George W. Bush will sign it into law. 

Physicians are prohibited from committing an “overt act” designed to kill a partially delivered baby by the measure and includes an exemption for cases in which the mother’s life is jeopardized. 

“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,“ said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  He continued, “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.”

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 poses the risks to a woman’s 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, including hemorrhaging, 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. 

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 other procedures that could be used to terminate a pregnancy that do not put the woman’s health. And contrary to what proponents may claim, the D&X procedure is performed upward to 90 percent on absolutely normal not abnormal babies.

“In terms of human rights a well as human dignity there can be no debate even by pro-choice advocates that such a procedure should be banned,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “So many people across America wonder and are puzzled why the children of this nation are becoming more and more violent at younger ages.   One reason for this is that they are reflecting the actions of adults across this land that have a blatant disregard for life as they murder their unborn babies through abortions.”

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

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