Position Papers

"Almost Born" by CIRTL Board of Directors

The Truth about Partial-Birth Abortion

Last year, for the second time, Congress overwhelmingly voted in favor of a ban on partial-birth abortion. This put the spotlight on President Clinton who vetoed similar legislation the first time, after saying that he and his wife had "prayed" about it. Of course, He vetoed it again the second time. Opponents of partial-birth abortion were encouraged however, because the Senate fell only three votes short of the 67 needed to override the forthcoming presidential veto. The House passed similar legislation by more than enough votes to override a veto.
Here are some key facts about partial-birth-abortion.

The partial-birth abortion method is a three-day procedure. During he first two days the abortionist must mechanically force open the mother's cervix. This is a highly painful and possibly damaging procedure. On the third day, after the cervix has sufficiently dilated, the abortion is performed.

To begin the procedure, the abortionist turns the baby into a breech position by grabbing the legs with forceps. Pulling the live baby feet-first out of the womb and into the birth canal, the doctor purposely keeps the head lodged just inside the cervix. The abortionist then sharply thrusts a pair of long surgical scissors into the base of the skull and opens them to enlarge a hole. This, of course, kills the baby. A tube connected to a high-powered vacuum is then used to suction out the brain material. This allows the skull of the baby to be crushed, making it easier to complete the extraction.

Medical experts testified at congressional hearings that the baby feels tremendous pain during the partial-birth abortion procedure. In fact, doctors say a baby at this stage of development has a much higher density of Qpioid (pain) receptors than children or adults.

Partial-birth abortions are performed routinely on mothers from 41/2 months into the pregnancy through full-term. About 90% of partial-birth abortions are done during the fifth and sixth months. The majority are performed on healthy babies carried by healthy mothers for elective reasons.

The American Medical Association (AMA) does not recognize the partial-birth abortion procedure. In fact, the AMA officially endorsed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in Congress.

Contrary to what the proponents of partial-birth abortion are saying, this procedure is never medically necessary to save the life or future fertility of the mother. In 1996, a group of physicians, mostly experts in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics, were outraged over the false stories being spread by the national media and pro-abortion groups. They banned together to form Physicians' Ad Hoc Coalition for Truth (PHACT). PHACT now consists of more than 600 medical specialists including former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. These doctors came together to get the message to the American people that partial-birth abortions are never medically necessary to save the life of the mother or her future fertility. (Under the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, a mother can still have a partial-birth abortion if her life is in jeopardy.)

Dr. James McMahon, a Los Angeles abortionist and inventor of the partial-birth abortion procedure, developed the procedure to meet the demands of women who wanted an abortion late into their pregnancies. The often used dilation and evacuation abortions or "D and E", used from 10 - 18 weeks, in which the fetus is torn limb-from limb inside the womb, carries a high risk of perforation and tearing of the uterus. This can result in severe hemorrhaging and even death. Before his death last year, Dr. McMahon testified he had performed over 1,000 partial-birth abortions.

Supporters of the procedure argue that only in rare cases of great fetal abnormality or threats to the mother's life, are partial birth abortions performed. During the debates on Capitol Hill, the lie was exposed. Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers had argued that partial-birth abortions were extremely rare and used only in dire situations. Now he says his remarks were only a deception to protect the abortion industry. "I lied though my teeth," Fitzsimmons said. He now says the numbers are more in the 5,000 per year range, and "they are primarily done on healthy fetuses of healthy women." (Many believe that his estimate is still quite conservative.)

Partial-birth abortion has nothing to do with the health of a mother. It has everything to do with politics and greed. The abortion industry has always lobbied intensively against any legislation restricting any type of abortion procedure. But they are now caught having to defend a procedure that is clearly infanticide. Congress certainly has the legal right to restrict this type of abortion, even under the Roe V. Wade decision, but President Clinton stands squarely in the way.

"America, Yugoslavia, and Kosovo" by Dennis Dillard

Bombing Yugoslavia To Pressure Milosevic To Stop The Killing in Kosovo

Here we go again. President Clinton, the United States of America, and NATO are using military might to force Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic to sign a peace treaty with the Ethnic Albanians of Kosovo. The United Nations terms the action regrettable, but necessary.

It is hoped that this peace plan will bring an end to civil war and stop what has been termed ethnic cleansing, in that country. According to ABC News, before the NATO attack started, this civil war had claimed approx 2000 lives in the last year. Americans rightly wish that all the people of the world, including those of Kosovo, could be safe from violence and death. We are glad that America is sometimes able to help the oppressed, as we have done recently in places like Haiti, Iraq, and Bosnia, and are trying to do in Kosovo.

Let us consider however, whether we in America really occupy the moral high ground on the issues of violence and genocide. For example:

This same President Clinton has repeatedly vetoed protection for living unborn human beings from the violence acts of death perpetuated by the abortion industry in America, including the especially horrific partial birth abortion procedure that would make death by a bullet seem merciful.

The judicial system of this same United States, sanctions the killing of 1,500,000 of her own unborn citizens each year; she has allowed the murder of 40,000,000 over the last 26 years.

The same United Nations promotes genocide against the unborn human being all over the globe and there are over 50,000,000 babies killed by abortion every year in our world, including forced abortions in countries like China, (have you heard much from the White House on this one?).

So, perhaps some other nation should be sending troops to the United States of America to dissuade us from our war of genocide against unborn children, our ethnic cleansing, our oppression of innocent human beings, our Kosovo.

Now, that s an idea! Maybe, the Serbs of Yugoslavia, when they get themselves together and start acting like the Orthodox Christians they claim to be, and get rid of the war criminals among them, and stop killing their own people, maybe then they will send some "peace keepers" over here to our country and stop us from killing ours.

Yea!! Perhaps, all the nations of the world could send all their soldiers to somebody else’s far off land, where they could keep the peace and protect the all the weak and oppressed people of the someone else's country. Then maybe all wars and violence and death would be a thing of the past ... Perhaps ...