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Partial-Birth Abortion Stands Trial

Joseph A. D'Agostino

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On November 5, President Bush signed a law banning partial-birth abortion.

Immediately, Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, and local abortionists filed suit against the law in California, Nebraska and New York. Federal courts heard testimony in these cases.

The establishment media ignored the truth that emerged: the undeniable humanity of the babies, the brutality of the killings.

Here are telling excerpts from the testimony in these cases.

Seeing the Heart Beat

Q: And when you begin the evacuation, is the fetus ever alive?

A: Yes.

Q: How do you know that?

A: Because I do many of my procedures especially at 16 weeks under an ultrasound guidance, so I will see a heartbeat.

Q: Do you pay attention to that while you are doing the abortion?

A: Not particularly. I just notice sometimes.
Testimony of Dr. Maureen Paul, Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft (California), March 29, 2004

Babies Born Alive

A: . . .And, so, initially we were giving Digoxin two days before D&E.

Q: And did you ever change that procedure, that time schedule?

A: We did. What started happening was we had an unfortunate number of women who were spontaneously going into labor and delivering at hospitals sort of all over the Bay Area, and it was distressing to everyone.
Testimony of Dr. Eleanor Drey, Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft (California), March 29, 2004

Q: And when during induction does fetal demise occur; do you know?

A: I don't know. It really depends on gestational age, and sometimes the fetus is born alive.
Testimony of Dr. 'Doe' (a pseudonym), Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft (California), April 1, 2004

Saving Face

Q: Doctor, you testified earlier that sometimes parents want an intact fetus for blessing or burial. Have you ever had the parent express that desire where you had compressed the head of the fetus to complete the delivery?

A: Yes.

Q: Was anything done in those instances, doctor, to improve the appearance of the fetus' head after decompression?

A: Yes.

Q: What was done?

A: The fetus was--just like a newborn--it was dressed and kind of had a little hat placed on it so that only the face was visible. . .

Q: You have seen the fetus's legs move before crushing the head, haven't you?

A: I have seen that before compressing/decompressing the head.
Testimony of Dr. Fredrik Broekhuizen, Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft (California), April 5, 2004

Read this entire article on the Human Events website.

Posted: 5/20/04



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