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Physicians'Report: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995. PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION' IS IN THE NEWS. WHY? The United States Senate and House of Representatives have approved a ban on this abortion procedure. President Clinton has consistently promised to veto the ban. In November, 1995 Congress acted to end one of the most abominable procedures ever conceived...Partial Birth abortion. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation in the media about this procedure. Anatomy of a Partial Birth Abortion Physicians for Life wants you to know the facts about Partial Birth abortion. First of all, it is a second and third trimester abortion procedure. Most abortions done at this stage of pregnancy are saline abortions, where the baby is poisoned with a concentrated salt solution. But, in a "partial birth" abortion the baby is partially delivered (see pictures). A registered nurse, Brenda Shafer, provided gripping testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, based on her observations of the procedure: as she stood by the side of the abortionist, he delivered a wiggling six-month baby boy, but left the head mostly in the birth canal. Holding on to the baby's feet and body, the abortionist stabbed the child through the base of his skull with surgical scissors, killing the child. Ms. Shafer witnessed thrdbabies killed in this manner in a single day: two normal children who were unwanted, and one with Down's Syndrome. The fact that the baby's head remains in the birth canal is significant: if the baby's head were brought out, it would be considered a "live" birth, and the abortionist would be guilty of infanticide. One Dayton, Ohio abortionist has admitted to performing over 700 Partial Birth abortions in his career, and a California abortionist admitted to doing over 2,000. These two abortionists account for most of the documented cases of partial birth abortion, although it is probably practiced by others. In a taped interview with American Medical News, one of the abortionists admitted that 80% of the babies he aborted in this fashion had no physical defects. During this abortion procedure, the mother is given anesthesia similar to that given to many mothers who go through normal childbirth. And, as in normal childbirth, the anesthesia given to the mother has little effect on the child. The president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Norig Ellison, testified before the Judiciary Committee that the mother's anesthesia does not protect the baby from feeling pain. Any woman who seeks an abortion in the second or third trimester must be driven by desperate circumstances. As Physicians for Life, we wish to affirm the dignity of both the mother and the baby, and we would try to offer our patients alternatives to abortion. We believe that childbirth is a sacred part of the human condition, and that respect for women -- and for life -- is profaned by killing the infant a moment before the delivery is complete. What was once unthinkable is now not only practiced, but promoted by its advocates as a "procedure of choice" for late term abortions. The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995 would make this procedure a crime, unless it were necessary to protect the life of the mother. It has already passed both houses of Congress and, as physicians, we applaud their efforts! Paul D. Alley DDM MD Jerry Becker MD Phi/lip Behrens MO Richard E. Bail MD John W. Beman MD John Betancourt MD Stephen E. Braun MD J. Michael Bumley MD Ador Bustamante MD Harry Carter MD Juan J, Chang MD Stephen Clingman MD Edward Daetwyler MD Pedro Dominguez MD Rod Edwards MD R, W. Fisher MD Stuart W. Fraley MD Eric D. Gourieux MD David B, Greer MD Nathanial D. Grow MD Chester F. Higdon MD Jeffrey D. Hunter MD Marion Jordan MD Gary Keepes MD Stephen J. Koewler MD Max Kremzar MD Larry Lutz MD Neal Mack MD Daniel E. Michel MD Steve Mitchell MD William S. Mullican MD Karen Neeley MD Joseph M. O'Bryan MD Randall Lee Oliver MD Reinaldo F, Pastora MD Layne Robinson MD Charles M. Roesel MD Peter A. Rosario MD Stephen Rupert DO Anthony L. Schapker MD Curtis E. Shinabarger MD Larry 14 Sims MD Terry A. South MD Phil Stiver MD Leon J. Stoller MD Charles H, Stoner MD Deborah Stoner MD Theodore J. Stransky MD Stanley P. Taraska MD Mary E. Tisserand MD J, Scott Uloth MD Lorraine Uytingco MD Rufino Uytingco MD Fredrick H. Wallisch MD Emil Lee Weber MD Richard Wepsic MD Rick Yeager DO The abortionist grasps one of the baby's legs with forceps. The leg is pulled into the birth canal. Using his hands, the aboionist ddive the baby's body. The head remains inside. The abortionist forces scissors into the base of the baby's skull, He then opens the scissors to enlarge the hole. 7U A suction catheter is inserted into the wound and the baby's brains ate sucked out. The child is then removed. PHYSICIANS (812) 4743195 4847 East Virginia Street Suite D, Evant,ille, IN 47715