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The Muddy Waters of Partial Birth Abortion
Abortion advocates hope that semantic debates can hide the reality of what late abortions really are.
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Dateline: 1/26/00

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

The battle lines were drawn when a pro-life spy obtained a copy of Martin Haskell's paper, presented at the National Abortion Federation Risk Management Seminar in Dallas in 1992. Based on Haskell's how-to instructions, an artist to depicted the process and a public relations campaign was launched.

Supporters of abortion were outraged, and tried to claim that the diagrams were misleading. However, when interviewed by AMA News, Haskell called the diagrams accurate "from a technical point of view." But he took issue with the implication that the fetuses were "aware and resisting."

Haskell was being honest when he took umbrage at the fetus being depicted as "resisting." In his presentation to the National Abortion Federation, he'd remarked with a chuckle that the fetus often unwittingly "helps" by wrapping her little arms and legs around the abortionist's hand. But Haskell also, wisely, chose not to cue AMA News in to this little detail. However, abortion supporters siezed on the opportunity to muddy the waters by feigning confusion over details.

This very confusion should have set off alarms. Is a person too addle-pated to understand "an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery" qualified to practice medicine at all? If an abortionist is too easily confused to understand "an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery" during calm staff meetings setting clinic policy, in consultation with his attorneys, how is he going to interpret subtle symptoms and lab results in the middle of a life-threatening medical emergency? Consider just three life-threatening possible complications of late abortions:

Would you really want a doctor who can't make heads or tails of "an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery" trying to quickly and accurately decipher your life-threatening symptoms?

The truth is that abortionists, like abortion advocates everywhere, have a very fine and subtle understanding of the issues. They're able to manipulate this understanding masterfully when it suits them. Witness Stanley Henshaw's deft use of language to deliberately undercount extraction abortions:

As Yogi Berra said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." For those of you with strong stomachs, let's read a transcript in which LeRoy Carhart answers pointed questions about exactly what happens during these abortions:

Nit-picking about words ("It depends on what your definition of 'is' is.") is a favorite game of those who don't want anybody taking too close a look at what they're actually doing. Are Carhart's abortions "partial birth abortions?" Do you think there's any doubt in his mind what he's doing?

And is it any surprise that Martin Haskell's 10-minute video of a D&X being performed isn't going to be on the New Release rack at Blockbuster any time soon? D&X advocates prefer to discuss it to death, rather than let the public watch. The testimony of a single abortionist trying to muddy the waters clarifies more than he intends to.

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