Supreme Court Countdown: Partial-Birth Abortion
In Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) the Court upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortion. In the days leading up to the oral arguments on November 8, 2006, this campaign offered information on why it was important for the Court to get it right
this time.

Florida District Court Judge Robert Pleus writes:

"I have a new grandson. His name is Nicholas. ... At the end of the first trimester, or early in the second trimester, we were able to view a sonogram and determine that Nicholas was a boy. ... If all the judges in the world and all the justices on the supreme court decided that Nicholas was not a person and merely a 'fetus' until his birth, I would know them blind to reality. ... Our rule of law can no longer remain blind to the realities of human life."
- In re Guardianship of J.D.S., 864 So.2d 534, 549 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2004)(dissenting)

#7 Opinion of U.S. District Court Judge Richard C. Casey in the federal partial-birth abortion case:

"The Court finds that the testimony at trial and before Congress establishes that D&X [i.e., partial-birth abortion] is a gruesome, brutal, barbaric, and uncivilized medical procedure. ... The Government's experts ... demonstrated that some of Plaintiffs' reasons necessitating D&X are incoherent; other reasons were shown to be merely theoretical. ...
"After hearing all of the evidence, as well as considering the record before Congress, the Court does not believe that many of Plaintiffs' purported reasons for why D&X is medically necessary are credible; rather they are theoretical or false."
- National Abortion Fed'n v. Ashcroft, 330 F.Supp.2d 436, 479-80 (S.D.N.Y. 2004)

#6 Frank Boehm, M.D., director of obstetrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, is quoted as follows:

Dr. Boehm "insists there are no medical circumstances in which a partial-birth abortion is the only safe alternative. 'We take care of [pregnant] women who are very sick, and babies who are very sick, and we never perform partial-birth abortions. ... There are plenty of alternatives. ... This is clearly a procedure no obstetrician needs to do'."
- The Washington Times, May 6, 1996, at A1

#5 Trial testimony of abortion practitioner Stephen T.
Chasen, M.D.:

"In some cases, prior to inserting laminaria and performing the abortion procedure, I will do a procedure to effect fetal death. I will inject the fetus with potassium which will stop the heart. The most common way to do this is by injecting a needle directly into the heart of the fetus under ultrasound guidance. In these cases the mothers are not anesthetized and the fetuses don't receive any anesthesia by route of the mother. And in every one of these cases, upon contact of the needle with the fetal chest, I see a withdrawal response of the fetus, recoiling that I can see on the ultrasound."
- National Abortion Fed'n v. Ashcroft, 330 F.Supp.2d 436 (S.D.N.Y. 2004), April 8, 2004, transcript at 1570-1571

#4 Trial testimony of Mitchell Creinin, M.D., who performs partial-birth abortions:

"[Question:] ... You would not allow the fetus to pass intact if the fetus were at or about 24 weeks in gestation, correct?
"[Answer:] Correct. ...
"[Q:] And one step you would take to avoid delivery of a live baby would be to deliver or hold the fetus' head on the internal side of the cervical os in order to collapse the skull; is that right?
"[A:] Yes, because the objective of my procedure is to perform an abortion.
"[Q:] And that would ensure that you did not deliver a live baby?
"[A:] Correct."
- Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft, 320 F.Supp.2d 957 (N.D. Cal. 2004), April 5, 2004, transcript at 747-748

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