Other late term abortions just as bad as partial birth, admits pro-choicer

An article in Slate by a pro-choice author discusses partial birth abortion (the technique of abortion that was banned a few years ago.) She says:

“If partial-birth abortion is too gruesome to allow, however, it is hard to see how other late abortions, especially D and Es, are any different.”

Atul Gawande “Partial Truths in the Partial-Birth-Abortion Debate” Slate Jan. 30, 1998

A D & E is performed by tearing the developing baby apart with forceps.  Read an abortionist’s description of the D & Es he performed here. 

Gawande says:

“About 80 percent of late-term abortions are done by D and E. A couple of days ahead, small, absorbent rods are put in the pregnant woman’s cervical opening to expand it gradually. Then, for the actual procedure, she–and the fetus–are given heavy sedation or general anesthesia. The doctor breaks her bag of water and drains out the fluid. The opening won’t let the fetus out whole. So the doctor inserts metal tongs, physically crushes the head, and dismembers the fetus. The pieces are pulled out and counted to confirm that nothing was missed.

Partial-birth abortion is, if anything, less grotesque. The fetus is delivered feet first. To get the large head out, the doctor cuts open a hole at the base of the fetus’s skull and inserts tubing to suck out the brain, which collapses the skull. Often, but not always, the fetus is injected lethally beforehand. The procedure is used for a very small percentage of late abortions, and nothing makes it especially necessary over D and E. “

Here is a chart of a D & E operation:

D & E abortions are usually done in the second trimester, when one out of ten abortions take place. This adds up to many thousands a year.

Here is  a picture of a 16 week old unborn baby, a candidate for this kind of abortion.

See pictures of babies aborted this age by D & E 

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