why do women have partial birth abortions
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At first, I thought partial birth abortion was a hoax. I mean, why would any woman submit to this procedure? Why would any doctor do it? It made no sense. Now it does. Read how I came to understand the whys of partial birth abortion at Partial birth abortion. The phrase is an oxymoron of itself. How does one do both birth and abortion in one procedure? It appears that doctors perform this feat by inducing a БpartialБ birth Б which then turns into an abortion. I never heard the phrase Бpartial birth abortionБ until the late 1990s. The procedure, as I understood it then and understand it now, is as oxymoronic in medical terms as it is in linguistics. How and why would it ever be in the best interests of the mother to induce labor of a near-term baby, which is then delivered feet first with all the tearing and agony to the mother that this entails, then stop the delivery long enough to suction out the babyБs brain before pulling out the head backwards?
How graphic do I have to get to demonstrate that this would be agony for the mother, that it would damage her physically, and that it is far more dangerous to her medically than just delivering the baby normally and trying to save it? Partial birth abortion is so obviously bad for the mother that I did not, when I first heard of it, believe that it existed. I honestly thought that the term and the procedure were both fictions that someone dreamed up. Read more:б This issue is about late-term abortions, in the second and third trimesters.
At least 90% of abortions are performed in the first trimester, when other procedures are more appropriate. In partial-birth abortion (PBA), also known as Dilation and Extraction (D X), the woman s cervix is dilated, and the foetus is partially removed from the womb, feet first. The surgeon inserts a sharp object into the back of the foetus head, removes it, and inserts a vacuum tube through which the brain is extracted. The head of the foetus contracts at this point and allows the foetus to be more easily removed from the womb. The main justifications for the use of D X are: that the foetus is dead; that continued pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother; that continued pregnancy will adversely affect the mother s health; that the foetus is so malformed that it will never gain consciousness after birth.
More controversial is the use of the technique for healthy foetuses when the mother s life is not at risk. This is banned by several state Medical Associations in the US, but many physicians have reported performing them, mainly for women who are suicidally depressed, but also for rape victims and for very young pregnant women. It is estimated that about 3,000 partial-birth abortions were performed per year in the United States in the 1990s (though this represents around 0. 2% of the total number of abortions). Bill Clinton vetoed bills banning partial-birth abortions in 1995, 1997 and 1999. George W. Bush signed a partial-birth abortion ban into law in 2003, and this was found constitutional in 2007 by the US Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood Federation of America v.
Gonzales (largely reversing the Court s decision in a 2000 case on state law). Although this is not necessarily a US-specific debate, the issue is on the political agenda in the USA to an extent which is not matched elsewhere, and some of the arguments here reflect this. In running this debate (and with all other abortion debates) it is necessary to consider whether or not an exception will be made for medical necessity. NB In addition to the arguments below, this debate may well employ arguments from debates about abortion in general consult the entry for Abortion in debatabase, and the materials linked to from there.
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