This isn’t really news, but I think it needs emphasizing anyway; a vote for Obama is a vote for partial-birth abortion. He will see to it that partial-birth abortion happens in this country again.
Partial-birth abortion is a “procedure” in which the abortionist stabs the baby in the skull with a pair of scissors and sucks out its brains using a suction catheter. Justice Thomas’s dissent in Stenberg v. Carhart notes that the procedure is used to abort fetuses anywhere from 16 to 26 weeks old:
There is apparently no general understanding of which women are appropriate candidates for the procedure. Respondent uses the procedure on women at 16 to 20 weeks’ gestation. 11 F. Supp. 2d, at 1105. The doctor who developed the procedure, Dr. Martin Haskell, indicated that he performed the procedure on patients 20 through 24 weeks and on certain patients 25 through 26 weeks. See H. R. 1833 Hearing 36.
Here is an 18-week old fetus — a prime candidate for this “procedure”:
On July 17, 2007, Senator Obama said to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund: “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that I’d do.”* Skip ahead to 1:32.
Obama co-sponsored the act, which (among other things) states that a”government may not deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose . . . to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.”
Will this invalidate the federal ban on partial-birth abortion? You bet it will. The abortion rights supporters at NOW agree, saying that the law “would override the Court’s decision in the two cases” upholding the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The law approvingly quotes Justice Ginsburg’s characterization of the rulings in those cases as “alarming,” and as “an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this Court.”
In short, the act Obama supports would give us partial-birth abortion again.
Radical abortion rights supporters claim that we need to have partial-birth abortion, because (they claim) most late-term abortions are done for medical reasons such as terrible genetic abnormalities. This is not so. Don’t believe me; believe liberal journalists David Savage and Franklin Foer.
David Savage of the L.A. Times has written: “Doctors say only a small percentage of [partial-birth abortions] are done because of medical complications or fetal deformity.” Foer summarized research done by the Washington Post and Bergen Record and said: “After interviewing doctors who perform the procedure, both papers concluded that only in very few instances was the [partial-birth abortion] actually necessary to protect the woman’s health. Most of them were performed on poor women who could not muster the money to pay for abortions earlier in their pregnancies.”
In addition, the “health” exception for women is not limited to physical health. The exception is so broad that it can always be justified by a doctor willing to claim that a woman’s mental health would be affected by the denial of an abortion. As Jan Crawford Greenburg has explained:
Current Supreme Court jurisprudence is understood by lower courts to prohibit those flat-out bans unless the laws provide exceptions for a woman’s mental health. Lower courts repeatedly have struck down laws that only provide an exception for serious physical issues as being contrary to Supreme Court precedent.
Look again at the picture of the 18-week-old fetus. Are you comfortable with stabbing that creature in the head with a pair of scissors and sucking out its brains? When statistics show that most such abortions are not done for physical health reasons?
Bottom line: Obama has pledged to sign legislation that will bring us that unnecessary horror again.
That’s what you’re voting for if you vote for Obama.
*In context, Obama does not appear to mean that this would be his first act as President; he is responding to a questioner who is asking him what he would do to protect access to abortion on a federal level.