Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Shots Assist in Late Term Abortions

I just did an interview with Charlie Butts of USA Radio out of Dallas regarding the Boston Globe article ‘Shots Assist in Aborting Fetuses’. Evidently, many abortionists are getting around the recent Supreme Court’s ban on Partial Birth Abortion by killing the baby before delivery, instead of killing the baby during delivery as was the old practice. So essentially, in an effort to technically circumvent the partial-birth abortion ban, abortionists have moved the death for the baby by a few inches and a few minutes.

First, as a practicing OB/GYN, there is absolutely no reason I can think of that would necessitate killing a term or near-term infant in order to save the life of the mother. You have to deliver the baby regardless, why not deliver it alive instead of killing it?

Secondly, the reason given for this barbaric practice is to primarily protect the doctor (if you can call him/her that) from legal recrimination while doing absolutely nothing to protect the mother, or the baby for that matter. This procedure in fact, places the mother at higher risk as the doctor is injecting concentrated potassium chloride or digoxin into the baby through the mother. (Incidentally, remember potassium chloride is what is used in lethal injection style executions).

As Dr. Gene Rudd, OB/GYN and VP of the Christian Medical and Dental Association said, “It now remains to be seen if our elected representatives and courts have the courage and conviction to require that the spirit of the law be upheld, not just the letter of the law. It will require a new round of legislation and court challenges.”

What happened to the old maxim, “First do no harm”?

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