Partial Birth Abortion Coverup Strikes Again
In a ruling last week, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied the U.S. Justice department access to medical records from
An important issue is whether this particular abortion technique is ever necessary for a woman's health. Courts have allowed essentially every variety of abortion procedure even in very late term pregnancies if they in some way were deemed necessary for a woman's 'health'. However, criteria for determining 'health' have been exceedingly loose, defined only by the physician performing the abortion and the definition of 'mental health' consisting only of the woman's desire to not be pregnant. The Justice Department, in seeking medical records from a number of institutions throughout the
Although the Justice Department requested that the medical records be stripped of all identifying information, Judge Hamilton stated that privacy concerns were the basis of her denial. Unfortunately, the quality of information about abortion in the
Individual states have no penalties for failure to report maternal deaths from abortion, and there are no reporting requirements for serious complications. Abortion advocacy organization organizations have fought legitimate study of abortion since Roe v. Wade. The dearth of good information in the
The procedure of Partial Birth Abortion was not developed like other surgical techniques, with informed consent in a university setting, with Institutional Review Boards (IRB's) protecting the rights of patients, ascertaining the risks and benefits of the new technology, and studying the short and long term complications of the procedure. There are no articles in medical journals about partial birth abortion reporting on the outcomes of this procedure. Despite this gross departure from ordinary medical standards, professional groups such as ACOG, the
Sadly, having federal judges and medical elites shield a procedure in which a living baby's brains are sucked out of its cranium just before birth, in gross violation of normal norms of medical practice, to say nothing of human decency, is nothing new. The abortion distortion is again at work, jettisoning truth in its coverup of the grim realities of partial birth abortion.