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1995 - Partial Birth Abortion

Until 1995 I had never gotten publicly involved in any issue. Then the issue of partial birth abortion came before the public eye, and my mother's heart would not allow me to keep silent. I think the following is enough to give you some understanding as to why it was at this time in my life I became an "activist" on the issue of partial birth abortion:

What is Partial-Birth Abortion?

Brenda Shafer, a registered nurse who witnessed a partial-birth abortion procedure while working for Martin Haskell, an Ohio abortionist, wrote in a letter to Congressman Tony Hall that witnessing the procedure was "the most horrible experience of my life." She described watching one baby:

The baby's body was moving. His fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. All the while his little head was still stuck inside. Dr. Haskell took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby's head. Then opened the scissors up. Then he stuck the high-powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby's brains out.
Next, Dr. Haskell delivered the baby's head, cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta.

Haskell Presents D&X aka Partial-birth abortion

The surgeon introduces a large grasping forceps*** through the vaginal and cervical canals into the corpus of the uterus. *** When the instrument appears on the sonogram screen, the surgeon is able to open and close its jaws to firmly and reliably grasp a lower extremity [leg]. The surgeon then applies firm traction to the instrument *** and pulls the extremity into the vagina. ***

With a lower extremity in the vagina, the surgeon uses his fingers to deliver the opposite lower extremity, then the torso, the shoulders and the upper extremities [arms].
The skull lodges at the internal cervical os.

At this point, the right-handed surgeon slides the fingers of the left hand [sic] along the back of the fetus and "hooks" the shoulders of the fetus with the index and ring fingers (palm down).
While maintaining this tension, lifting the cervix and applying traction to the shoulders with the fingers of the left hand, the surgeon takes a pair of blunt curved Metzenbaum scissors in the right hand. He carefully advances the tip, curved down, along the spine and under his middle finger until he feels it contact the base of the skull under the tip of his middle finger.

[T]he surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull or into the foramen magnum. Having safely entered the skull, he spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening.

The surgeon removes the scissors and introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents. With the catheter still in place, he applies traction to the fetus, removing it completely from the patient.

Source: Martin Haskell, M.D.. "Dilation and Extraction for Late Second Trimester Abortions," Presented at the National Abortion Federation Risk Management Seminar (September 13, 1992),in Second Trimester Abortion: From Every Angle, 1992,at pages 27, 30-31.

Gestational Ages of Babies involved in PBA

Martin Haskell told the AMNews that the vast majority of the partial-birth abortions he performs are elective. He stated (to AMNews), "And I'll be quite frank: most of my abortions are elective in that 20-24 week range.*** In my particular case, probably 20\% are for genetic reasons. And the other 80\% are purely elective.***"

The late James McMahon used the partial-birth abortion method through the entire 40 weeks of pregnancy. He claimed that most of the abortions he performed were "non-elective," but his definition of "non-elective" was extremely broad. McMahon sent a letter to the Constitution Subcommittee in which he described abortions performed because of the mother's youth or depression as "non-elective." On a graph, McMahon listed, among other things, nine partial-birth abortions performed because the baby had a cleft lip.


Ron Fitzsimmons, the executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, said he intentionally misled in previous remarks. He said on "Nightline" (November 1995) on ABC THAT HE "LIED THROUGH MY TEETH" WHEN HE SAID THE PROCEDURE WAS USED RARELY AND ONLY ON WOMEN WHOSE LIVES WERE IN DANGER OR WHOSE FETUSES WERE DAMAGED.

Congressional Record-Senate June 16, 1995


THE CARE FOR HUMAN LIFE IS THE OBJECT OF GOOD GOVERNMENT (House of Representatives - June 11, 1996)

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(Mr. STEARNS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. STEARNS. Mr. Speaker, I had a town meeting Saturday in Hampton, FL, and Janice Sanford was there at the town meeting and she gave me hundreds of petitions dealing with the partial-birth abortion veto by the President. President Clinton has once again demonstrated that he favors legal, unrestricted, and easily available abortions on demand, even in the ninth month of pregnancy.

Mr. Speaker, Thomas Jefferson once said,

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

I share this commitment to actively support legislation that sustains the Federal Government's traditional goals in family planning.

Members of both Houses of Congress already voted to promote these goals when we said no to partial-birth abortions. I strenuously oppose President Clinton's veto of the ban, and urge my colleagues to say no once again when we have the opportunity to override this veto.

Once again, I congratulate Janice Sanford for her active efforts to demonstrate this by the petition she gave me last Saturday. ::


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2003 -Florida Terri Schiavo Case

Yes, the Terri Schiavo story moved my heart in 2003 so much that I spent endless nights in front of my computer....

I formed a group called Terri's Fighters. We rallied in Florida- we rallied in Georgia- we rallied in Minnesota.  We followed our hearts. As part of the grassroots effort to save Terri's life.

We failed our original mission- which was to save the life of a brain injured woman  who  was mentally and physically helpless to defend her right to life.

The case was not about a person's right to choose. It was a quality of life issue. It was a case where the husband had moved on with his life, and was determined to prove to the Schindlers [Theresa Schiavo's parents and siblings ], and the world, that he would have his way, and have ended the life of the woman who was his wife in name only.


2007 - Gathering of Eagles in Washington, DC 

Gathering of Eagles (GoE) was a group set up to protect the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("The Wall") and other war memorials, and functioned as a counter-protest group during the March 17, 2007, Washington D.C. March on the Pentagon rally against the war in Iraq.