By David Brownlow - April 28, 2007
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are hyperventilating over the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the ban on a barbaric method of killing an unborn child known as the "partial birth abortion". Those who support the suctioning of a baby's brains while he or she is in the final inches of the birth canal, claim the sky is falling in. Those on the other side hail this decision as the beginning of the end for legalized child-killing in America.
Two things are for sure; both sides are wrong, and both are going to miss this very lucrative fund raising opportunity.
To be making so much fuss over this "ban", it must be that no one making these claims has ever bothered to actually read partial birth abortion ban - unless of course, they believe there are still some riches to be mined out of this tragedy, and need the prolong the hype.
Nowhere within the text is there anything even remotely resembling an abortion ban. This is what the law says: "The term 'partial-birth abortion' means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus".
This "ban" does absolutely nothing to prohibit the killing of an unborn child as long as the baby is dead before its entire head or belly button is outside the body of their mother. The text of the ban reads more like a set of targeting coordinates, serving as an instructional narrative written to precisely guide the abortionist's knife as another young life is ended. This ban will not even slow down a determined killer.
All this ban does is to narrowly define the exact position within the birth canal where a targeted child is protected - a protection arbitrarily determined by which body part is exposed outside of their mother. Unfortunately, the ban offers that same child zero protection if he or she is located even one inch away, and is killed while the regulated body parts are not showing - a loophole in the ban that is big enough to drive an entire abortion clinic through.
Frankly, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have even written an abortion ban that provides fewer restrictions on the taking of a human life. The effect of this ban is to declare open season on partially born infants who have the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This ban is nothing short of regulated infanticide. As enacted, it is unlikely that even a single life will be saved. What a fraud.
In spite the rhetoric we hear from both sides, there are no abortions banned by the "partial birth abortion ban". Symbolic gestures and feel-good legislation like this may help to soothe our conscience as we continue turning our backs on those most vulnerable among us, but this ban will have virtually no impact on America's legalized child-killing industry as it continues to grind out another 3,500 dead preborn babies every single day.
May God have mercy on our nation.