Warning: The descriptions in this commentary are graphic.
You may recall that after President Bush signed the partial-birth abortion ban into law, pro-abortion groups immediately challenged it in court. Those cases are now being tried in
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the
It appears that Judge Casey was insistent on getting an answer to this question because he had been well informed about the procedure. Under intense questioning by the judge and the government?s attorneys, the abortion doctors described the partial-birth procedure in detail. At one point, a doctor told the judge that the fetal skull is crushed by forceps that are ?like an end of tongs you use to pick up a salad.? Judge Casey said, ?Except in this case you are not picking up a salad; you are crushing a baby?s skull.? He then asked whether the baby?s hands or feet were moving during the abortion. The doctor answered that the feet were moving until the skull was crushed. It?s small wonder that the judge was so sure that this procedure means terrible pain for the fetus.
According to press reports, similar facts are coming out in the
What will happen as the trials end is anybody?s guess. After all, Judge Casey and his fellow judges in
For further reading and information:
Jay Sekulow, ? Protecting the Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion: A Trial Notebook ,?
Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Esq., ? Forum: Abortion trials and tribulations ,? Washington Times,
Joseph A. D?Agostino, ? Partial-Birth Abortion Trial: Babies Feel Pain ,? Human Events Online,
Susan Saulny, ? Justice Dept. Drops Demand for Hospital?s Abortion Files ,? New York Times,
David Kravets, ? Language causes abortion issues ,? Detroit Free Press,
?ACLJ: Medical Experts Testify Partial-Birth Abortion Never Medically Necessary ,? BusinessWire,
Peggy Noonan, ? ?Raisin? and Falling ,? Wall Street Journal,
John Dawson, ? Painfully unaware ,? World,
Read President Bush?s remarks at the 2004 March for Life.
?A Right to Know ? is a helpful booklet from Stand to Reason that provides current abortion law for the U.S. and Canada, describes the pro-life position and why it is sound, discusses four dishonest ways people argue for abortion, and provides great resources if you?re in a crisis pregnancy.
The BreakPoint Culture of Life Packet includes a booklet from Family Research Council that helps you see what you can do to change our culture, and a ?BreakPoint This Week? CD interview with William Saunders of the Family Research Council discussing how to ?build a culture of life? today.