The common good will suffer. James McMahon acknowledged that he was teaching other doctors to perform partial-birth abortions. No reasonable person can disagree, once he or she has read a description or seen an accurate drawing of the partial-birth abortion method: Fifth and finally, the partial birth procedure is worthy of special condemnation because of the cynicism of its inventors in calculating how to skirt the law against homicide.
Killing them a few minutes after complete birth? To the extent that Ms. And partial birth abortions, no matter the motivations which lead to them, are objectively cruel to the victims, objectively wrong.
The National Abortion Federation noted in the New York Times that more doctors are recently reporting using this method. That is, children completely born, but still attached by an umbilical cord?
Although we all wish to relieve as much pain as we can for a parent suffering at the prospect of a disabled or imminently dying child, we can never say this. Thank you again for this opportunity to present testimony today and to clarify the moral questions raised by the partial birth abortion procedure.
Opponents of this bill keep asking whether enacting it would just be the first step in an effort to ban all abortions. The most important testimony concerning partial birth abortion that has been presented to you today concerns the accurate medical description of what happens during this procedure.
Andrews and McMeel p. For the act of deliberately killing a vulnerable infant is wrong no matter how sad the mother is about requesting the procedure, no matter how strongly she feels that it is better for a human being to die this way than, for example, to die naturally in the arms of his or her family.
It would be wrong, however, to conclude that such a situation could justify a particularly brutal kind of killing of the innocent. In fact, that law remains on the books in Texas today.
The testimony we have heard today from mothers who have undergone partial-birth abortions has been quite emotional. The scissors are then spread wide enough to insert a catheter to suction out the contents of the skull before the head is collapsed and the infant fully delivered outside of the mother.
House of Representatives March 21, Good morning and thank you for this opportunity to testify. First, the partial birth abortion kills the most defenseless among us.
There is an old axiom that those who harm fellow human beings end up doing more harm to themselves: To the extent that it is true that Ms. And there should certainly be a moral and legal consensus in our country that infanticide is a crime and that it cannot be tolerated in a civilized society.
Costello may have been misled, and actually did undergo the procedure to be banned by H.
I have been asked to help you consider the testimony you have heard today from within a moral framework. One doctor quoted said that not only has he done it and taught it for the last 1O years, but he knows doctors in other cities that do the same.
Knowing that if an intact child were fully delivered and then killed, homicide statutes could be applied, abortioruists like Dr. The above description of the partial birth abortion speaks loudly of its own immorality. Second, the partial birth abortion bears a far greater resemblance to infanticide than it does even to abortion.
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