Two Courts Rule “Barbaric” Partial Birth Abortion Constitutional

Operation Rescue condemns ruling as schizophrenic and immoral

San Francisco, CA — Yesterday, two Federal Appellate Courts ruled that the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2004 is unconstitutional. The 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco and the 2nd Circuit Court in Manhattan both issued opinions that the grisly abortion method should be allowed even on viable, healthy babies.

This ruling comes even though one of the trial court judges described the partial birth abortion procedure as “gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized.”

The Partial Birth Abortion Ban was earlier ruled unconstitutional by the 8th Circuit Court, which considered a similar suit brought by Nebraska partial-birth abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

“This ruling is one of a number of nonsensical abortion rulings handed down by our liberal courts,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “On one had we have courts that convict people like Scott Peterson for double homicide when it involves the death of a pregnant woman and her pre-born baby. Then on the other hand, we have courts that determine that the ‘gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized’ partial-birth abortion is a Constitutional right.”

“This schizophrenic and immoral misapplication of our laws can no longer be tolerated. These cases must go to the newly seated Supreme Court for adjudication. This will be a golden opportunity for Roberts and Alito put their conservative judicial philosophies to good use,” said Newman.

  • Sandy

    That picture says it all– *this* is deemed okay in America???? What an embarrasment we are to allow this. Don’t even Muslim countries ban something like this???? And yet in our country, somehow it’s okay. I believe that the church is primarily to blame for it- i hardly ever see churches speaking up about this. The church we USED to go to, a nondemonitational Christian church, has a billboard seen to passersby on a main highway. What did they advertise on it around late January (when they could have made some statment for life, re. Roe v wade?) their ad said “come hang out and watch the superbowl. Refreshments” Embarrasing….

  • jtm

    Schizophrenic is the right word. Schizophrenia is defined as “a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment and disintegration of the personality expressed as a disorder of thought, feeling and conduct. ” (William Brennan, “The Abortion Holocaust: Today’s Final Solution”) No other mind but a diseased one could consider partial-birth, or any other kind of induced abortion, constitutional, in view of that document’s straightforward guarantee of the right to life for the innocent, the right of persons to be secure in their persons, homes and posessions from violence & intrusion, the right to protection from execution without due process of law.

    The outrageous truth is that Tiller, Carhart & their odios ilk have, through Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and other legislation supportive of the first two, done a great deal to change the governmental structure of America from the constitutional republic framed by its founders to a totalitarian, facist dictatorship.
    According to Hannah Arendt’s study The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), the hallmark of totalitarian governments, whether facist or communist, throughout history has been to treat those deemed stateless and expendable as “legal nonpersons.”
    By that standard, Roe v. Wade America qualifies as a totalitarian state, since unwanted unborn children have been deemed expendable and, as a consequence, treated as “legal nonpersons” (the better to devour and destroy them, my dear…) And for anyone who has actually taken the time to read the Constitution, even a fully developed brainstem is not required to discern that the totalitarian state imposed by the passage of Roe v. Wade is the opposite of any government based on and honestly informed by the laws and principles stated therein.

    Immoral—Duh. To murder anyone, especially anyone judicially innocent of any capital offense, as are all unborn children, is grossly immoral to any sentient, humane being with a conscience.

  • lifelynx


    Speaking of totalitarianism and other dotted veils, we seem to recall another Supreme Court decision, which, rightly and mercifully was eventually overturned, which designated a people group legal nonpersons, thus rendering them stateless and outside the realm of legal protection against exploitation, destruction and other atrocities too numerous, and shameful, to enumerate here, and that was the Dred Scott decision, which subjected all blacks to the status of disposable property.

    Oh, and speaking of Black History, we’re trying to decide whether to give the traitor of the century award posthumously to the late Rosa Parks, or not posthumously to opera diva Jessye Norman. You see, what both these distinguished black women have in common was/ is membership on the advocacy board of America’s number one killer of blacks, Planned Parenthood.

    No fairminded person of conscience could uphold the law challenged by Rosa Parks’ famous sit/stand and the bus boycott that ensued; but her seat on Planned Parenthood’s advocacy board certainly cancels out her seat on the bus, at least for millions of little black boys and girls legally murdered, in utero, since 1973.
    How many times, during the weeks of eulogies following her recent death, did we hear, “she sat down so we could stand up”…but when her standing with Planned Parenthood came to our attention, we couldn’t help thinking of the millions of African Americans who will never be allowed the opportunity to so much as see a bus, or even their own two feet.

    And now, alas, the warm, witty, world-class diva, Jessye Norman. The irony of this is that we had just purchased a CD of Jessye singing the spirituals. Negro spirituals. You know, all those songs crying out to God for mercy, for comfort, for deliverance, for hope, for freedom, in the face of atrocious human rights violations. “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (yes, Jessye, and you’ve got the blood of millions on yours…?!…and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.) “Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass” (Jessye, repent! You are an accomplice, through your advocacy of Planned Parenthood, to millions more racist hate crimes than the KKK ever thought of committing) “My Lord, What a Morning”…”In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning”…(He’s coming, Jessye, He’s coming; and distancing yourself from the reality of your accountability to Him for the innocent blood on your hands by disclaimers of the content of these songs does not change the realities that they express.) “Ride On, King Jesus”(a huge favorite here; He will, work, Jessye, and you won’t stop Him, ultimately…but since “no man can a-hinder Him”, why is it so important for you and your cronies to kill so many men and women before they get the chance to show the world what they CAN do?!) “I Believe I’ll Go Back Home” (based on the prodigal son; Jessye, Planned Parenthood is not your home. They would have gladly killed you, given the chance…forget your wit, your talent, etc. They could care less. They don’t hold prenatal auditions, you know; they can’t know, and they don’t care, how many great talents of all kinds they’re literally flushing down the sink, or toilet, or trash, or cannibalizing for “spare parts”. Even now, they’re just exploiting you to put an attractive, non-racist facade on their anti-black, anti-child, anti-woman atrocities.)
    “The Gospel Train”, with it’s fetching chorus, “Get on board, little chillun, get on board, little chillun; get on board, little chillun, there’s room for many-a more…” (Jessye, there’s room for many-a more chillun here on earth; over a million couples a year want to adopt children but the children are dead…the WANTED children are dead because Planned Parenthood prefers them that way. Red & yellow, black & white, all are noxious in their sight…but especially the poor, the handicapped, and racial minorities.)
    “There is a Balm in Gilead”…to heal the sinsick soul…(Sing it, Jessye! Sing it to the post-abortive women trying desperately to suppress the overwhelming guilt and grief that naturally follows induced abortion, the deliberate, premeditated, cold-blooded murder of their little chillen. But be sure to tell them that it’s those who mourn their sin that will be comforted; those who cover it don’t find that mercy. But first, be sure your own hands are clean, and the beam out of your own eye…so you can see them more clearly.)

    “Lord, how come me here…” with it’s poignant, “They sold my chillen away; they sold my chillen away, Lord. They sold my chillen away; I wish I never was born.”…(Jessye, did you know that China, to whose draconian birth control measures -including forced abortion- Planned Parenthood has contributed greatly, is the only country in the world where the suicide rate is higher among women than among men? As a rule, while women are more likely than men to attempt suicide, men are generally more likely to carry it through. Not so in China; and this is probably due to the fact that the forced abortion-sterilization so profoundly violates a woman’s natural raison d’etre. And coercion in abortion mills, especially of poor and minority mothers, is not at all unheard of here. We once witnessed a young mother, obviously further along than the Planned Parenthood killing chamber where we were ministering advertised ‘doing them’, literally dragged back into the death mill by two staffers. And just this morning we spoke with a woman in tears because she did not want to abort her 4th child, but a couple of opportunistic social engineers masquerading as doctors had told her she had…NO CHOICE.
    As Ishmael Hernandez has so pointedly stated, ““The civil rights elite has forgotten the lives of unborn black children and has joined those who choose to kill them. They have forgotten that IN THE PAST RACISTS SNATCHED BLACK BABIES FROM THEIR MOTHER’S ARMS AND SOLD THEM INTO SLAVERY. TODAY, THEY SNATCH THEM FROM THEIR MOTHER’S WOMB AND THROW THEM IN THE GARBAGE.” Jessye, do you care?)

    “Scandalize my Name”…(do you know, Jessye, that one of the precedents to any holocaust is the use of derogatory, dehumanizing, devaluing linguistics against the targeted group. Terms like “subhuman”, “nonperson”, “useless eaters”, “parasites”, “masses”, “human weeds”…such language was used against the Jews leading up to, and during, the Nazi holocaust…and the same language was/is used against the unborn by abortion proponents before, and since, Roe v. Wade. NOW DO YOU CALL ‘real-igion’? I DON’T THINK SO! “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,” [not to murder and exploit them in it, but creatively and humanely empower, and help them out of it] ” and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:27

    “Great Day”…the righteous marchin’; God’s gonna build up Zion’s walls…(Yes, Jessye, true enough…but ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’.[Psalm 11:3] And make no mistake, Planned Parenthood’s avowed purpose from the beginning has been to destroy not only innocent children and women in crisis, but to undermine the foundations of God’s word. Listen to these words from PP’s foundress, Margaret Sanger: “Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity no less than Capitalism.”…yet the relegation of any people, born or unborn, is a hallmark of facism, the ultimate tyranny. So what can the righteous do? There is none righteous; but all can repent, beg God for the grace of amendment of life, Jessye; they can come out the world system, out of the kingdom of Satan, out of darkness, and start laying the true foundation of “the beautiful city”, the Word of the true and living God…which forbids the shedding of innocent blood, and complicity with / advocacy of anyone engaged therein.

    “Calvary”. They crucified my Lord, and He never said a mumbalin’ word. . .Yes, He was silent like a lamb before it shearers; but even then, Jessye, He managed a few pertinent words…for all of us. They are as follows:

    “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

    Soldiers have just driven nails through his hands and feet and hoisted him up by those nails. He does not fear those who kill his body; he pities them and prays for them. If they knew how much this hurts, they could not do it to anyone. They are unwitting instruments of the higher purpose that brings him here.

    “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

    But physical torment takes its toll. He suddenly discovers that he cannot hear the still, small voice; he has lost his two-way communication with God. His lifeline is not working, so he must face the the narrow gate of death alone.

    He said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” (John 19:26-27)

    Not quite alone. He looks down. Which hurts worse: the pain of being crucified, or the pain of a mother watching her son be crucified, or the pain of a boy whose beloved teacher hangs bleeding before his eyes? He understands their pain in the midst of his own, and tells them to care for each other.

    “I thirst!” (John 19:28)

    Time passes slowly. His spring of living water runs dry. He reaches the end of his strength. This is the moment the Tempter has been waiting for: through the voices of cynical men, Satan tries again, as he did in the wilderness: “If you are the Christ, prove it! Save yourself and impress the people.”

    “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

    But a dying thief says, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” What the cynical voices suggest is not the way to prove he is the Christ. His kingdom is not of this world. He ignores them and reassures the thief.

    “It is finished!” (John 19:30)

    He has defeated the Tempter again. Despite the agony, he has rejected temptation and cared for those around him. His temporary duty on earth is complete. He has shown the way God wants us to live. He has demonstrated the fact that faith and hope and love cannot be destroyed by anything men can say or do.

    “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

    Like a trusting child, he turns to the Father and takes the next step. He has bound himself by love, to both God and the human race. Soon he will begin his long-term ministry by demonstrating the fact that human beings survive physical death. Then he will continue to draw to himself, and thus to heaven, everyone he can … for as long as it takes … until whosoever will has come.”*
    WILL YOU COME, JESSYE? Do it for Him who suffered beyond human comprehension for every oppressor, every murderer, and all fallen victims throughout history. Do it for the little chillen whose lives depend on the goodwill and good judgment of their parents, regardless of condition, and the medical professionals to whom their care is entrusted in anyway…and whose lives are cruelly, unjustly, and wantonly slaughtered by the bogus outfit you presently serve.

    Because you see, Jessye, the words from the cross weren’t the end of the story. He rose, and had a few more words with His nearest and dearest before he ascended into heaven. But they aren’t the end of the story, either. Because He will come again to judge us all; and no unrepentant murderer will be found in the Lamb’s book of Life when that “fat lady sings”. Come home, Jessye…before it’s too late. Come home and help rebuild the true foundations laid from before the foundation of the world. (Please see also John 17:24, I Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 1:4, 2:20; I Timothy 6:18-20, and II Timothy 2:18-20).

    For any and all concerned/interested, here are a few more “little known Black History facts”:

    In America today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born.

    Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black. — Erma Clardy Craven (deceased)Social worker and Civil Rights leader

    A black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white baby.

    1,452 African-American children are killed each day by the heinous act of abortion.

    Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent.

    Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.

    Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history.

    Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods.

    About 13 percent of American women are black, but they
    submit to over 35 percent of the abortions.

    3 out of 5 pregnant African-American women will abort their child.

    Since 1973 there have been over 13 million Black children killed and their precious mothers victimized by the U.S. abortion industry.

    Statistical evidence also indicates that black mothers are even more likely than others to die from abortion complications, due largely to racist attitudes common among abortionists.

    In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King said, “The early church brought an end to such things as INFANTICIDE.” What would Martin Luther King say to the church today?
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson once said:
    “That is why the Constitution called us three-fifths human and then whites further dehumanized us by calling us ‘niggers’. It was part of the dehumanizing process. The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify that which they wanted to do and not even feel like they had done anything wrong. Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder, they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore abortion can be justified”.

    Jackson’s massive flip-flop on the abortion issue is further proof that his political future is far more important to him than are his principals.

    With 1/3 of all abortions performed on Black women, the abortion industry has received over 4,000,000,000 (yes, billion) dollars from the Black community.
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    We care.

    *7 Last words of Christ meditations by Ben H. Swett, Bethany Christian Church

  • lifelynx

    For Jessye Norman, of coure, should she happen by here, and CS:

    We thought so, too, and so we went to PP’s website to verify this. She really ought to have known better… then we discovered Jessye’s involvement, along with that of a number of other celebrities, mentioned in their webzine.

    Since then, someone brought to our attention the following additional story about Jessye’s stunning impact on millions through her singing of the gospel:

    Bill Moyers’ film on the hymn “Amazing Grace” includes a scene filmed in Wembley Stadium. Various rock bands had gathered in celebration of the changes in South Africa, and for some reason opera diva, Jessye Norman, had the final spot.

    The hymn was written by John Newton, a coarse cruel slave trader. He first called out to God in the midst of a storm that nearly threw him overboard. Newton came to see the light only gradually, continuing to ply his trade even after his conversion. Later, though, he renounced his profession, became a minister, and joined William Wilberforce in the fight against slavery. John Newton never lost sight of the depths from which he had been lifted. He never lost sight of GRACE.

    For hours the rock groups have blasted the crowds through banks of speakers, riling up fans already high on booze and dope. Finally, the time comes for Jessye Norman to sing. Alone, a capella, she begins to sing… Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

    That saved a wretch like me!

    I once was lost but now am found-

    Was blind, but now I see.

    A remarkable thing happens in Wembley Stadium that night. Several thousand raucous fans fall silent before her aria of GRACE.

    Jessye Norman later confessed she had no idea what power descended on Wembley Stadium that night. I think I know. The world thirsts for GRACE. When GRACE descends, the world falls silent before it.

    (Abridged from ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace by P. Yancey)

    Perhaps Jessye has had a true conversion to Christ at some point, but has forgotten Him, hence her cluelessness at His power at work through her song at Wembley Stadium that night; being, if that is the case, blinded by the wiles of the evil one heading up Planned Parenthood; perhaps she has never known Him.

    Interesting that she should choose to sing a song of praise to God written by a former slave trader. There are a number of clear parallels between legalized slavery in America, and legalized abortion. Here are just a few beyond the ones already mentioned: In both cases, the Supreme Court said:
    1) They have no rights under the Constitution.
    2.)They are property
    3.) They can be bought, sold or killed.

    The proponents said:
    1.)They’re not fully human
    2.) Mind your own business
    3.) Keep your religion to yourself
    4.) Against it? Don’t have one.


    They were also, mercifully and eventually, overturned then…(!!!…)

    Founding feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton also addressed this relationship very well: “When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.”

    How much more degrading to Black Women and children…and we have witnessed black fathers weeping outside of abortion chambers for their children about to be slaughtered.


    In any case, John Newton’s story should give encouragement to anyone involved in the abortion holocaust and other human rights violations/atrocities, to COME OUT NOW, especially those (including Jessye, and Tiller, for their having professed Christ in their various ways; as it is written, “the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. AND, LET EVERYONE THAT NAMETH THE NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY.”

    No doubt this burden asserted itself upon John Newton; mercifully, he did not resist, but obeyed it in time. (None of us know how long we have).

    We hope and pray that Jessye will do likewise, and any others reading this who are involved in any way, shape or form in perpetuating this holocaust. And it is a holocaust; the deliberate, mass destruction of a targeted people group — in fact, several.

    Tiller specifically prides himself on destroying the disabled in utero, though we’re certain he really does not care how capable his victims might be in reality, as long as their parents can pay his fees.

    Margaret Sanger was a little more forthcoming about her desire to kill off as many as she could of those racial, economic, and other groups she considered “unfit elements”… In her “Pivot of Civilization”, she stressed the need, as she saw it, for “The ‘elimination of ‘human weeds,’ for the ‘cessation of charity’ because it prolonged the lives of the unfit, for the segregation of ‘morons, misfits, and the maladjusted,’ and for the sterilization of genetically inferior races.'”

    She elucidated just which races she had in mind, opening a birth control “clinic” opened a birth control clinic in the Brownsville section of New York, an area populated by newly immigrated Slavs, Latins, Italians, and Jews.

    In 1939, further targeting the ‘unfit’ for her crusade to ‘save the planet.’, Sanger organized her “Negro project,” a program designed to eliminate members of what she believed to be an “inferior race.” Margaret Sanger justified her proposal because she believed that: “The masses of Negroes …particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes, even more than among whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit…”
    Sanger then went on to reveal that she intended to hire three or four Colored Ministers “to travel to various black enclaves to propagandize for birth control.” She wrote: “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the Minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious [read, independent, thinking] members.”

    As her organization garnered increasing clout, she expanded the realm of her hate campaign, and wrote of the necessity of targeting religious groups for destruction as well, believing that the “dysgenic races” should include “Fundamentalists and Catholics” in addition to “blacks, Hispanics, (and) American Indians.”

    Although Planned Parenthood has resorted to all sorts of propaganda tricks to distance itself from these comments of hers, their track record confirms that they have not strayed one bit from the course she mapped out in these horrific, unjust remarks. . .most cruelly, in the name of “choice”. Sociology professor William Brennan aptly states, in his book, “The Abortion Holocaust- Today’s Final Solution”:

    “The right to select, the right to choose are deplorable slogans. Underneath these democratic-sounding phrases lurks an especially hideous form of tyranny: the right to choose to kill. Just as the Nazis claimed the right to select who would expire in gas chambers, today’s perpetrators insist upon the right to choose who will perish in abortion chambers!
    This is a perversion of the first order because it exploits the language of rights as a pretext for taking away the most fundamental right of all: the right to life. It is an arrogant, elitist assumption [arrogation] of the awesome power to destroy those who cannot defend themselves, an extreme manifestation of the strong victimizing the helpless [the essence of chauvinism!] The catch words “selection” and “choice” represent a blatant sham because the individuals most drastically affected, the victims, are the very ones who are denied the right to choose. Someone else determines their fate—death by someone else’s selection. This is not freedom, but the worst kind of oppression.”

    This perspective makes Parks’ involvement the more deplorable, by reason of her status as a civil rights icon, aside from her professed Christian sympathies.

    She has gone to her final judgment and reward: we can only hope that Jessye, and others in that net, will not follow her, but go back to where Rosa’s “bus to freedom” took a disastrous wrong turn, and continue the legitimate aspects of her work; empowering and liberating, rather than exploiting and destroying, the weak, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden.

  • jt

    While a picture is worth at least a thousands words, here are some especially truly insightful, intelligent, goodhearted and fitly spoken words on abortion (partial birth abortion in particular) from Congressman Henry Hyde:

    Calling on Our Better Angels

    Mr. Speaker: In his classic novel Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky has his murderous protagonist Raskolnikov complain that “Man can get used to anything, the beast!”

    That we are even debating this issue—that we have to argue about the legality of an abortionist plunging a pair of scissors into the back of the neck of tiny child whose trunk, arms, and legs have already been born, and then suctioning out his brains—only confirms Dostoyevsky’s harsh truth.

    We were told in committee by an attending nurse that the little arms and legs stop flailing and suddenly stiffen as the scissors is plunged in. People who say “I feel your pain” can’t be referring to that little infant.

    What kind of people have we become, that this “procedure” is even a matter for debate? Can’t we draw the line at torture? And if we can’t, what’s become of us? We are incensed at ethnic cleansing—How then can we tolerate INFANT CLEANSING!

    There is no argument here about when a human life begins. The child who is destroyed is certainly alive, certainly human, and certainly brutally destroyed.
    The justification for abortion has always been the claim that a woman can do what she wants with her own body. If you still believe this 4/5th’s delivered baby is a part of the mother’s body, your ignorance is invincible. I have Finally figured out why supporters of abortion-on-demand fight this infanticide ban tooth and claw—because, for the first time since Roe v. Wade, the focus is on the baby and the harm that abortion inflicts on an unborn child—or, in this instance, a 4/5th’s born child. That child, whom the advocates of abortion-on-demand have done everything in their power to make us ignore, to dehumanize, is as much the bearer of human rights as any member of this House. To deny those rights is more than the betrayal of a powerless individual whom some find burdensome. It betrays the central promise of America; that there is, in this land, justice for all. The supporters of abortion-on-demand have exercised their capacity for self-deception by detaching themselves from any sympathy whatsoever for the unborn child—and in so doing they separate themselves from the instinct for justice that gave birth to our country.
    The President, reacting angrily to this challenge to his veto, claims not to understand why the morality of those who support a ban on partial-birth abortions is superior to the morality of “compassion” that, he insists, informed his decision to reject our ban on what Senator Moynihan has said is too close to infanticide.

    Let me explain.
    There is no moral, nor, for that matter, medical justification for this barbaric assault on a partially-born infant. Dr. Pamela Smith, Director of Medical Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chicago’s Mt. Sinai Hospital testified to that.
    The abortionist who is a principal perpetrator of these atrocities, Dr. Martin Haskell, has conceded that at least 80% of the partial-birth abortions he performs are entirely elective, and he admits to over 1,000 of these abortions.

    While we are told about some extreme cases of malformed babies (as though life is only for the privileged, the planned, and the perfect), Dr. James McMahon listed 9 such abortions he performed because the baby had a cleft lip.

    Many other physicians, who care about both mother and the unborn child, have made it clear that this procedure is never a medical necessity, but merely a “convenience” for those who choose to abort late in pregnancy, when it becomes physically difficult to dismember the unborn child in the womb.

    The President’s claim that he wants to “solve a problem” by adding a “health” exemption to the partial-birth abortion ban is spurious: as anyone who has spent ten minutes studying the federal law understands, “health” exemptions are so broadly construed by the court as to make any ban utterly meaningless.

    There is one consistent commitment that has survived the twists and turns of policy during this administration: and that is its unshakable commitment to a legal regime of abortion-on-demand. Nothing is, or will be done, to make abortion “rare.” No legislative or regulatory act will be allowed to impede the most permissive abortion license in the democratic world.

    The President would do us all a favor, and make a modest contribution to the health of our democratic process—if he would simply concede the obvious, and spare us further exhibitions of manufactured grief. In one of his memoirs, Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote about the loss of 1.2 million lives in World War II: he said: “The loss of lives that might have otherwise been creatively lived—scars the mind of the civilized world.”

    Mr. Speaker, our souls have been scarred by one and a half million abortions in this country every year. Our souls have so much scar tissue there isn’t room for anymore.
    What do we mean by “human dignity” if we subject innocent children to brutal execution, when they are almost born?

    We all hope and pray for “death with dignity”—what is “dignified” about a death caused by having a scissors stabbed into your neck so that your brains can be suctioned out?

    We have had long and bitter debates in this House about “assault weapons”—those scissors and that suction machine are “assault weapons,” worse than any AK-47—you might miss with an AK-47—the abortionist never misses with his assault weapon.
    It isn’t just the babies that are dying for the lethal sin of being unwanted. We are dying, and not from the darkness, but from the cold: the coldness of self-brutalization that chills our sensibilities and allows us to think that this unspeakable act is an act of “compassion.”

    If you vote to uphold this veto—if you vote to maintain the legality of a “procedure” that is revolting to even the most hardened heart—then please don’t ever use the word “compassion” again.

    A word about anesthesia. Advocates of Partial Birth abortions tried to tell us the baby doesn’t feel pain—the mother’s anesthesia is transmitted to the baby. We took testimony from 5 of the country’s top anesthesiologists and they said this was impossible—that result would take so much anesthesia it would kill the mother.

    By upholding this tragic veto, you join the network of complicity in supporting what is essentially a crime against humanity—for that little almost born infant, struggling to live is a member of the human family. Partial Birth Abortion is a lethal assault against the very idea of human rights, and destroys, along with a defenseless little baby, the moral foundation of our democracy. Democracy isn’t after all, a mere process—it assigns fundamental values to each human being—the First of which is the unalienable right to life.

    One of the great errors of modern politics is the unavailing attempt to separate our private consciences from our public acts. It can’t be done. At the end of the 20th century, is the crowning achievement of our democracy to treat the weak, the powerless, the unwanted as things to be disposed of? If so, we haven’t elevated justice—we have disgraced it. This isn’t a debate about sectarian religious doctrine nor about policy options—this is a debate about our understanding of human dignity—what it means to be human. Our moment in history is marked by mortal conflict between a culture of death and a culture of life.
    I am not in the least embarrassed to say that I believe that one day each of us will be called upon to render an account for what we have done, and what we have failed to do, in our lifetime. And while I believe in a merciful God, I would be terrified at the thought of having to explain, at the final judgement, why I stood unmoved while Herod’s slaughter of the innocents was being reenacted here in my own country.

    This debate has been about an unspeakable horror. And while the details are graphic and grisly, it has been helpful for all of us to recognize the full brutality of what goes on in America’s abortuaries, day in and day out, week after week, year after year. We’re not talking about abstractions here. We are talking about life and death at their most elemental. And we ought to face the truth of what we oppose, or support, stripped of all euphemisms.

    We have talked so much about the grotesque, permit me a word about beauty. We all have our own images of the beautiful: the face of a loved one, a dawn, a sunset, the evening star. I believe that nothing in this world of wonders is more beautiful than the innocence of a child. Do you know what a child is? She is an opportunity for love; and a handicapped child is an even greater opportunity for love.

    Mr. Speaker, we risk our souls—we risk our humanity—when we trifle with that innocence, or demean it, or brutalize it. We need more caring and less killing.
    Let the innocence of the unborn have the last word in this debate. Let their innocence appeal to what President Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

    Prove Raskolnikov wrong. This is something we will never get used to. Make it clear, once again, that there is justice for all—even for the most defenseless in this our land. ”

    Amen, and amen…lets get back to the Hippocratic Oath, and back FROM hypocritic oafs such as Yeomans, Tiller, et al, ad nauseam.

  • Tammy

    All I can say is ANYONE, anyone that is human) who can be for partial abortion, should go get there heads examined. It only makes me wonder if these people have any children already what kind ao abuse that they are dealing with. You have to be SICK to think taking a sharp object through your babys head is ok… at nine months your baby is ready to be born in this world….and how about the babys that are born pre-mature and make it…….. I’m glad to announce that I DON’T know anyone persoanlly that is for this….and If I did I’d disown them……. Get real you liberals. It shouldn’t be political, it should be if you have morals and half a brain…

  • When you take a life or assist in the taking of a life, you have committed murder. There is no such thing as politically correct way of putting it.

    We, as citizens of this United States owe it to our forefathers and those that gave their lives for the birth of this nation, to put an end to the atrocities which WE, the people have shamelessly allowed to occur.

    For each and every one of you that visit this site and walk away, doing nothing to put a stop to these atrocities are no less guiltier than an accomplis to murder.

    Gregory Romeo
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

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    Hello there: I think the focus should be on getting this procedure banned PERIOD. The life health exception thingies are decisions that should be made by the patient and the doctor. But ridding oneself of a life simply because one isn’t “ready” to take care of that life is utterly shameless. I am saddened that Rosa Parks was brought up in a negative light here. All human beings are flawed and make mistakes. Who is to say she didn’t regret supporting Planned killerhood towards her end. A lot of causes rallied together during that time to affect social change and sometimes alliances were made that were regrettable. Personally instead of lambasting Rosa Parks, why not celebrate Clarence Thomas’ take on it as stated in the Stenberg case:

    “Today, the Court inexplicably holds that the States cannot constitutionally prohibit a method of abortion that millions find hard to distinguish from infanticide and that the Court hesitates even to describe. Ante, at 4. This holding cannot be reconciled with Casey’s undue-burden standard, as that standard was explained to us by the authors of the joint opinion, and the majority hardly pretends otherwise. In striking down this statute—which expresses a profound and legitimate respect for fetal life and which leaves unimpeded several other safe forms of abortion—the majority opinion gives the lie to the promise of Casey that regulations that do no more than “express profound respect for the life of the unborn are permitted, if they are not a substantial obstacle to the woman’s exercise of the right to choose” whether or not to have an abortion.”

    God Bless and best wishes!

  • As a fellow pro-lifer, I must say that some of you simply have to get your act together. Please stop with the impassioned arguments. You do not like abortion, you consider it barbarism and murder, we get it. Get your facts straight (e.g., Sandy, many Muslim countries do allow this procedure, especially the South Asian ones, in fact many encourage it because of popluation limits they impose, and the countries that do not allow it do it for safety reasons because the proper tech isn’t there), stop yelling, and make it a real debate. Not all of us liberals are that stupid and crazy to always yell back or to allow ourselves to learn something…and not all of us are pro-choice. Stop bashing your fellow humans simply for what they believe! It’s no way to change minds! Real discussion, please!

    “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogances and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.'”
    (Mark 7: 20b-23, Jesus’ words, NIV)

    I beg of you, do not let your hatred of one sin lead you to a whole slew of others! Or a hatred of a person! When you defile or bash a human being, you defile a loved creation of God.

    “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”
    (Matthew 5: 21-22a, Jesus’ words, NIV)