Kansas lawmakers are going after abortion based on the idea that it causes the baby pain.
Those on both sides of the abortion fight in Kansas say it represents a significant change in strategy, and perhaps the basis for an eventual challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. The measure is modeled after a law in Nebraska which has yet to be challenged in court.
The Kansas bill would ban all abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless a physician declares the abortion is necessary to save the woman’s life. No exceptions would be made for a woman’s mental health.
At least five other state legislatures are considering similar bills this year.
It’s a departure from existing abortion law, which is typically based on gestational age and whether a fetus could survive outside the womb.
“We’re not looking at the baby’s age, we’re looking at the baby’s pain capability,” said Kathy Ostrowski of Kansans for Life. “We absolutely think it does bump up against Roe, but we also think it will do immediate good.”
All you have to do is listen to the testimony of Brenda Pratt Shafer regarding the reaction she witnessed babies having during a partial birth abortion to know they feel this:
The mother was six months pregnant (26 1/2 weeks). A doctor told her that the baby had Down Syndrome and she decided to have an abortion. She came in the first two days to have the laminaria inserted and changed, and she cried the whole time. On the third day she came in to receive the partial-birth procedure.
Dr. Haskell brought the ultrasound in and hooked it up so that he could see the baby. On the ultrasound screen, I could see the heart beating. As Dr. Haskell watched the baby on the ultrasound screen, the baby’s heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen.
Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby’s legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby’s body and the arms– everything but the head. The doctor kept the baby’s head just inside the uterus.
The baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors through the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall.
The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I was really completely unprepared for what I was seeing. I almost threw up as I watched the doctor do these things.
This is what passes for “choice” to a liberal.
Of course Planned Parenthood says it’s unConstitutional. But they also say what happened to that baby is fine.
You want to be on their side on this one?
Here’s a baby that was born at 22 weeks:
If a doctor were to do an abortion, here’s how it would most likely be done:
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
This method is used up to 18 weeks’ gestation. Instead of the loop-shaped knife used in D&C abortions, a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them.
Salt Poisoning (Saline Injection):
Used after 16 weeks (four months) when enough fluid has accumulated. A long needle injects a strong salt solution through the mother’s abdomen into the baby’s sac. The baby swallows this fluid and is poisoned by it. It also acts as a corrosive, burning off the outer layer of skin. It normally takes somewhat over an hour for the baby to die from this. Within 24 hours, labor will usually set in and the mother will give birth to a dead or dying baby. (There have been many cases of these babies being born alive. They are usually left unattended to die. However, a few have survived and later been adopted.)
Do you honestly think this causes no pain?
If you are pro-abortion, do you still see this as an acceptable medical choice? Look at the picture and imagine those legs being twisted and torn by forceps. Are you still fine with that?
If so, explain how. I want to know.
This law is a good first step. Educating the public about the facts is essential to making this work, and helping women find taking the pregnancy to term is as well.
The goal has to be stopping abortion. Read what I said. I didn’t say outlawing abortion. Murder is against the law, but it still happens. We have to create a culture that doesn’t see abortion as an option.
That is a lofty goal, but it has to be the focus. Simply outlawing it won’t end it.
Now, how do we do that?