Supreme Court OKs Abortion Procedure Ban
Doctors who violate the law face up to two years in federal prison.
Hillary Clinton is completely opposed to stopping the brain sucking of babies.
The sucking out of the babies brains is done so that the baby is not alive when it is yanked from the mother when the abortion is completed.
The Supreme Court said that the Law banning this procedure was constitutional.
Clinton Press Release
“This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman’s right to choose and recognized the importance of women’s health. Today’s decision blatantly defies the Court’s recent decision in 2000 striking down a state partial-birth abortion law because of its failure to provide an exception for the health of the mother. As the Supreme Court recognized in Roe v. Wade in 1973, this issue is complex and highly personal; the rights and lives of women must be taken into account. It is precisely this erosion of our constitutional rights that I warned against when I opposed the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.”
Most-premature baby allowed home
The world’s most-premature baby has finally been allowed to leave a Miami hospital, four months after being born weighing just 280 grams (10 ounces).The hospital said Amillia Taylor, who spent less than 22 weeks in the womb, was “healthy and thriving”.
Amillia had been expected to leave on Tuesday but a low white blood cell count kept her in for more checks.
She measured just 9.5in (241mm) at birth. Babies under 14 ounces were thought to be unable to survive.
Fifty babies a year are alive after abortion
A GOVERNMENT agency is launching an inquiry into doctorsâ€™ reports that up to 50 babies a year are born alive after botched National Health Service abortions.The investigation, by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH), comes amid growing unease among clinicians over a legal ambiguity that could see them being charged with infanticide.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which regulates methods of abortion, has also mounted its own investigation.
Its guidelines say that babies aborted after more than 21 weeks and six days of gestation should have their hearts stopped by an injection of potassium chloride before being delivered. In practice, few doctors are willing or able to perform the delicate procedure.
For the abortion of younger fetuses, labor is induced by drugs in the expectation that the infant will not survive the birth process. Guidelines say that doctors should ensure that the drugs they use prevent such babies being alive at birth.
In practice, according to Stuart Campbell, former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at St Georgeâ€™s hospital, London, a number do survive.
â€œThey can be born breathing and crying at 19 weeksâ€™ gestation,â€ he said. â€œI am not anti-abortion, but as far as I am concerned this is sub-standard medicine.â€
The number of terminations carried out in the 18th week of pregnancy or later has risen from 5,166 in 1994 to 7,432 last year. Prenatal diagnosis for conditions such as Downâ€™s syndrome is increasing and fetuses with the condition are routinely aborted, even though many might be capable of leading fulfilling lives. In the past decade, doctorsâ€™ skill in saving the lives of premature babies has improved radically: at least 70%-80% of babies in their 23rd or 24th week of gestation now survive long-term.
Abortion on demand is allowed in Britain up to 24 weeks â€” more than halfway through a normal pregnancy and the highest legal limit for such terminations in Europe. France and Germany permit â€œsocialâ€ abortions only up to the 10th and 12th weeks respectively.
Doctors are increasingly uneasy about aborting babies who could be born alive. â€œIf viability is the basis on which they set the 24-week limit for abortion, then the simplest answer is to change the law and reduce the upper limit to 18 weeks,â€ said Campbell, who last year published a book showing images of fetusesâ€™ facial expressions and â€œwalkingâ€ movements taken with a form of 3-D ultrasound.
The Department of Health was alerted three months ago to the issue of babies surviving failed terminations. In August clinicians in Manchester published an analysis of 31 such babies born in northwest England between 1996 and 2001.
â€œIf a baby is born alive following a failed abortion and then dies (because of lack of care), you could potentially be charged with murder,â€ said Shantala Vadeyar, a consultant obstetrician at South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, who led the study.
A systematic investigation of data collected through the CEMACH indicated that there are at least 50 cases a year nationwide in which babies survive abortion attempts.
â€œFirst sight of our data suggests this is happening,â€ said Shona Golightly, the agencyâ€™s research director. She said official confirmation of the figures would be available next year.
It is not known how many babies who survive attempted abortions go on to live into adulthood.
Paul Clarke, a neonatal intensive care specialist in Norwich, has treated a boy born at 24 weeks after three failed abortion attempts. The mother decided to keep the child, who is now two years old but is suffering what doctors call â€œsignificant ongoing medical problemsâ€.
â€œThe survival of this child was not recorded in any official statistics,â€ Clarke said. â€œThere is nothing at the moment to force abortion practitioners to account for their failures.â€
The issue will be highlighted by Gianna Jessen, 28, who survived an attempt to abort her. She is to speak at a parliamentary meeting on December 6 organized by the Alive and Kicking campaign, which is lobbying for a reduction of the abortion limit to 18 weeks.
Jessen, a musician from Nashville, Tennessee, was left with cerebral palsy but is to run in the London marathon next April to raise funds for fellow sufferers.
â€œIf abortion is about womenâ€™s rights, then what were my rights?â€ she asked.
â€œIf people are going to talk about abortion, then itâ€™s important for them to know that these are babies that can be born alive and survive.â€