Absurd Spices

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

As The Stomach Turns

Anger. Disgust. Resentment. Disgust. Barely-contained rage. These are the things I think about when I think about partial-birth abortion. When the huge debates over this self same issue were raging in the 90’s, I was a bit too young or too self-absorbed to pay attention. You’d think a teen with raging hormones might pay attention to topics like this. But now I’ve been reminded of it, obviously, by the news that the SCOTUS is going to be voting on the issue of whether or not to reinstitute a ban on this type of “procedure” (Read: Murder). And, it has my blood boiling now that I’m more aware of things.

Now, this may come as a shock, but I am a White, Christian, Republican Male, and therefore am seen by the Left as having no opinion worth listening to as I’m “The Oppressor”. Of course they choose to Lionize Ted Kennedy, who is not only a White Male, but a Womanizing, Elitist Filthy, Stinking (emphasis on stinking… sort of a scotch/gin odor) Rich Hypocrite. So, because of my view on murdering infants, the Left states I’m trying to control a woman’s body. In actuality, I am a huge fan of equal rights. For woman AND child.

Wikipedia has an entry all about the “procedure” here and here. Considering the description of this procedure, it astounds me that anyone that claims to be for the people, as well as compassionate and caring, as the Left does, would defend this in anyway. The procedure is described as:

National Right to Life Description of an Intact D & X

This section provides the description that the Right to Life advocacy group uses for the procedure.

Partial-Birth Abortion

Abortionists sometimes refer to these or similar types of abortions using obscure, clinical-sounding euphemisms such as "Dilation and Extraction" (D&X), or "intact D&E" (IDE) which mask the realities of how the abortions are actually performed.

This procedure is used to abort women who are 20 to 32 weeks pregnant -- or even later into pregnancy.* Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist reaches into the uterus, grabs the unborn baby’s leg with forceps, and pulls the baby into the birth canal, except for the head, which is deliberately kept just inside the womb. (At this point in a partial-birth abortion, the baby is alive.) Then the abortionist jams scissors into the back of the baby’s skull and spreads the tips of the scissors apart to enlarge the wound. After removing the scissors, a suction catheter is inserted into the skull and the baby’s brains are sucked out. The collapsed head is then removed from the uterus.

American Pregnancy Association Description of an Intact D & X

This section provides the description that the American Pregnancy Association uses for the procedure.

Dilation and Extraction

The dilation and extraction procedure is used after 21 weeks gestation. The procedure is also known as D & X, Intact D & X, Intrauterine Cranial Decompression and Partial Birth Abortion. Two days before the procedure, laminaria is inserted vaginally to dilate the cervix. Your water should break on the third day and you should return to the clinic. The fetus is rotated and forceps are used to grasp and pull the legs, shoulders and arms through the birth canal. A small incision is made at the base of the skull to allow a suction catheter inside. The catheter removes the cerebral material until the skull collapses. Then the fetus is completely removed.

So, as we can see, the little fellow/gal is kept partially inside the womb so the procedure can be performed and the doctor can’t be carted away in handcuffs for murder. Just reading the entry to post it made me want to vomit. I’m really puzzled as to where the, “First do no harm.” Clause fits in to all this. I sure am glad I won’t have an MD next to my name come Judgment Day.

Now I understand that there are situations where both the baby and the mother will die if a child is not aborted. And I mean it when I say child, as life begins at conception. But this “procedure” is being used for unwanted children. The women have waited well past the 1st Trimester, being well aware that they were pregnant, and dragged their feet on the decision. Considering how the child might inconvenience their lives, then decide to rid themselves of him/her. At this point, the only way to do it legally, since the child has a small chance at being viable outside of the womb, is this “procedure”. Murder served up with just enough technicality thrown into the mix to not be called such. And lawyers wonder why the rest of us with souls hate them.

But hopefully, with the good sense that now happens to be on the SCOTUS bench, we will see an end to this slaughter. How any doctor, with even a thimble’s full of conscience, can do this “procedure” is beyond me. The definitions above even point to the fact that there are fully formed legs, arms, and a head. This is a child and not a mass of cells people on both sides of the debate can be morally ambiguous about. And they are being murdered because this procedure has been claimed as legal as a child of the very bad law presented by the Roe v. Wade decision. But as a white guy, I guess I have no say.

Let us just hope that nine men and women, of disparate racial makeup, wearing the black robes of the highest Judicial office of the land, will make the right choice. Dear Justices, please pull your heads out of your collective asses and call a spade a spade. Call a murder a murder. And call out to God for the guidance and the strength to do so. Protect those with life that cannot defend their own! End Partial-Birth abortion now!

-Jesse W.


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