‘The baby ’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2007 at 10:21 am

…and his little feet were kicking.Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head,and the baby ’ s arms jerked out,like a startle reaction,like
a flinch,like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.” A Nurse describing a partial birth abortion, performed by Dr. Haskell.

— This is a quote from an opinion given by Justice Kennedy of the
Supreme Court.  Amazingly, the Justice was forthright in the need to be
descriptive of just what was involved in the decision to ban this form
of abortion.

Here are some further quotes:

“‘The doctor opened up the scissors,stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening,and sucked the baby ’s brains out.Now the baby went completely limp….

“ ‘He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta.He threw the baby in a pan,along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used.’”

“Another doctor,for example,squeezes the skull after it has been pierced “so that enough brain tissue exudes to allow the head to pass through…

Still other physicians reach into the cervix with their forceps and crush the fetus ’ skull..Carhart,supra ,at 858,881.Others continue to pull the fetus out of the woman until it disarticulates at the neck, in effect decapitating it.These doctors then grasp the head with forceps,crush it,and remove it.Id.,at 864,878;see also Planned Parenthood,supra ,at 965…

Yet one doctor would not allow delivery of a live fetus younger than 24 weeks because “the objective of [his ] procedure is to perform an
abortion,” not a birth No.05 –1382,at 408 –409…

Another doctor testified he crushes a fetus ’ skull not only to reduce its size but also to ensure the fetus is dead before it is removed.For the staff to have to deal with a fetus that has “some viability to it,some movement of limbs,” according to this doctor,,“[is ] always a difficult situation.” No.05 –380,at 94;see Carhart,supra ,at 858.

Find the entire court opinion online here: 2006 Term Opinions of the Court

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