LATE TERM ABORTIONS
...are against the law in every state, except as necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.
Given that a woman's life or health is at stake, why should her abdomen and uterus have to be sliced open in major surgery in order to remove the fetus?
Why should a woman be forced to undergo disfiguring major surgery if that's not necessary to extract a fetus that is either already dead or not going to survive anyway?
It makes no sense at all.
It makes no sense, that is, unless an ulterior concurrent political agenda is to mutilate the mother, and subject her to unnecessary additional risk.
The fact is: there is no such thing as a "partial birth abortion!"
The medical terminology (euphemism if you like, but not for "birth") is called Dilation and Extraction. Healthy, viable fetuses that don't put their mother's life and health at risk aren't being killed for frivolous political or financial reasons, and women aren't subjecting themselves to this relatively expensive and physically difficult procedure because they were too lazy to get an abortion earlier in their pregnancy!
Here is one woman's story about her late-term abortion: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2004/01/25/my_late_term_abortion/
Below are a few reasons for the procedure (and do keep them in mind when you view those cute anti-abortion posters of little babies and babies-to-be):
|Gastrochisis. Most of bowel, stomach and liver are outside abdominal cavity.|
|Sirenomelia (fusion of lower extremities.)|
|Intrauterine fetal demise resulting from numerous congenital defects.|
|Anencephaly (no brain) and other deformities.|
|Rachischisis and iniencephaly. (I.e. not going to live, either.)|
|A hopeless large rasopharyngeal teratoma.|