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A partial-birth abortion involves delivering a living, late-term baby, feet first, except for the head, and then puncturing the skull with scissors and suctioning out the brain. If the child were to be pulled out 3 more inches and then stabbed, the person responsible would be charged with homicide. But this child is only four-fifths of the way born, so it's called an abortion: a partial-birth abortion. If you did this "procedure" to a dog in Ohio, you'd be jailed for cruelty. So how can President Clinton support it? How can even the most hardened pro-abortion groups lobby for it?
Although I feel that a person has the right to choose to an abortion, I feel that partial birth abortion is not only disgusting but also unethical. Although abortions go against all the teaching of the Bible, I believe in some circumstances I feel it's necessary For instance, I feel a woman has the choice if she was raped and became pregnant, or her life is in jeopardy. When you perform a partial birth abortion not only are you destroying a baby almost at full term, but in turn you're also committing murder. The baby is almost ready to be born. It's developed almost completely, and no one should have the right to take its life away from it, especially if it's healthy enough to live a normal and productive life.
In September 1993, Brenda Pratt Shafer, a registered nurse with thirteen years experience, was assigned by her nursing agency to a clinic where abortionist Martin Haskell, a pioneer in the partial birth abortion procedure, performed abortions. Since Nurse Shafer considered herself and abortion supporter she did not think the assignment would be a problem. She was wrong. At a recent press conference held by NJRTL, Nurse Shafer described her horrific experience in witnessing a partial birth abortion:
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"I stood at the doctor's side and watched him perform a partial birth abortion on a woman who was six months pregnant. The baby's heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. The doctor delivered the baby's body and arms, everything but his little head. The baby's body was moving. His little fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. The doctor took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby's head, and the baby's arm jerked out in a flinch, a startled reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. Then the doctor opened the scissors up. Then he stuck the high powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I never went back to the clinic. But I am still haunted by the face of that little boy. It was the most perfect, angelic face I have ever seen."
To have been that nurse and stand there watching that baby die right before your eyes would have to have been the most horrible experience possible. To watch that poor defenseless baby squirm and wiggle and than suddenly just stop, would have made me physically sick. The doctors who perform these procedures must be a person without a conscience. He cares not about the mother or the baby, but the money he'll receive when it's all over. These people should be banned form practicing in the United States. When we refer to this country as "The Land of the Free" it was meant for equality and peace, not to be free to commit murder and the killings of babies.
I feel that there are many alternatives rather than these types of abortions. There's adoption for people who feel they can't take care of the baby. If the baby were to end up mentally or physically challenged there are top rate facilities available to give that child a safe and productive environment. There are many families out here who try endlessly to
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have children but can't. Then come along these irresponsible teenagers, and couples who accidentally got pregnant and decide late-term they're not ready to have a baby and abort them. Why aren't people smart enough to think of other options available to them? They could easily give the baby to a family who will love and care for them.