Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Why is ban on one procedure such a threat?

Regarding the partial birth abortion issue:

Early in the debate, Ron Fitzsimmons, head of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, told the New York Times that, as the Times put it, "in the vast majority of cases, the procedure is performed on a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along." A report by the Kansas Health Department found that 182 partial-birth abortions were performed in the state in 1999 -- none to protect the physical health of the mother.


The real challenge for abortion-rights advocates is not that this law will prevent abortions or impair the health of women. It's that it treats the fetus as more than a disposable inconvenience -- as a living entity entitled to a measure of respect and protection. Once you take that step, there is no telling where it may lead.

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