Sunday, July 10, 2005

A Bit of Good News

Over there in Nebraska, the courts aren't listening to the bays of activists who insist that late-term abortions are just eee-eee-eevil ways for sluts to murder their babies so they can fit into their prom dresses. This is, no matter what the Far-Right Extremists might want the country to believe, good news.

LINCOLN, Neb. - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling that the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis agreed that the ban, while containing an exception to save the life of the mother, is unconstitutional because it makes no such exception for the health of the woman. The court upheld an earlier decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Lincoln, who heard one of three cases brought over the issue last year.

No one actually does a D&X procedure, or the far more common D&E procedure, which this act was also in danger of banning, because the woman involved wants to fit into her prom dress. No one does this sort of procedure lightly at all. This sort of procedure is medically dangerous, for the woman, and thus for the doctor. (And yes, before anyone starts hopping up and down, I do understand that it kills 100% of the fetuses involved, but guess what? It's generally only used with fetuses that are already dead or so badly deformed that they are going to die anyway.) It is thus only done when the alternative -- carrying the fetus to term, or allowing it to abort on its own -- is more dangerous.

So what's the point of banning this procedure?

Aside from hysteria, and I think a lot of it was hysteria and misunderstanding on the part of the activists, it's a simple wedge issue -- a tool, a foot in the door. Ban this sort of abortion, then we have a precedent, and a way to argue other sorts of abortion can be banned.

So it's good this one has been overturned.

(Via Ded Space & Ol Cranky


zelda1 said...

I worked labor and delivery for years, delivered my share of babies, including a few that were still born. There is nothing so sad as the silence in the delivery room, when the baby comes out, and it's dead, and everyone knows it's dead and the mother, who has carried this dead fetus inside of her for anywhere from a couple months to a couple of weeks, well, she cries but they are tears that are without sobs; the sobs came earlier, much earlier. If, these women had the oppourtunity to abort those dead fetuses, they would have, they should have, and it would have saved the mother the pain of knowing every single day that the baby inside of her was dead. It is a step back in time when dead babies in the deliver room were common, if they stop late term abortions. The key is for those stupid rednecks to listen and learn the information before they start trying to change something that can only help women. Like I said, those poor women who delivered those still borns; well it was just not a good sight.

Anonymous said...

The other thing to keep in mind is that a lot of conservative women refuse to admit that they are having abortions. I read last year an article about women who are against abortion, yet they have had abortions because the fetus was malformed and wouldn't survive anyway. The women don't seem to realize that they are endangering their right (and the right of other women) to choose how to handle these situations. I have a friend who euphemistically refers to her RU-486 abortion last year as a "miscarriage" because she is anti-abortion. I don't know the whole story, but I believe she had the "miscarriage" to preserve her mental health which is, indeed, precarious in the best of times.