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:
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
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 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
THE PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION PROCEDURE IS PERFORMED FROM AROUND 20
WEEKS TO FULL TERM.
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.
ABORTION INDUSTRY LIES ABOUT PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION
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
Congressional Record-Senate June 16, 1995
THE CARE FOR
HUMAN LIFE IS THE OBJECT OF GOOD GOVERNMENT (House of
Representatives - June 11, 1996)
[Page: H6126] GPO's PDF
(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
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.
Abortionist Charged with Murder
-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.
Gathering of Eagles in Washington, DC
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.