Thursday, April 19, 2007

Have You Ever Wondered How Developed A Baby Is At The Time Partial-Birth Abortions Are Done? Meet Roben ...


Partial-birth abortions are performed on pregnant women after being 20 weeks pregnant ... Roben was born at 26 weeks.

As you can see Roben is a fully formed baby ... just a little smaller than normal.

Roben's mother was at risk of losing her life when Roben was delivered, but a partial-birth abortion was never discussed by the doctors. A c-section was performed to remove Roben in 45 minutes to save both her, and her mother.

This is me with Roben, and her mother Helen, when she was one year old. As you can see she is alive, and beautiful, with a smile that can melt you heart.

Helen has been a long time listener of my program, and has been giving me pictures of Roben since the day she was born. I finally met little Roben in person when I was doing a live broadcast remote to benefit Opportunity Village.

I was discussing the Supreme Court ruling on my show yesterday, and received a call from Helen to tell Roben's story. Helen had literally just come back from the hospital after delivering her second child. I asked for her permission to put these photos of Roben up for all of you to better understand how fully formed the baby is when a partial-birth abortion is performed.

Having a tough time imagining a doctor aborting a fully formed baby? These diagrams of the procedure will allow you to better visualize how a partial-birth abortion is done.

Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, told the New York Times in 1997:

"In the vast majority of cases, the procedure is performed on a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along."

Yesterday I wrote that I would like to see a provision to allow partial-birth abortions if the mother's life is in jeapardy, and she consents, but new medical technology is making the need for such a procedure completely unnecessary. It would also have to be written to be very specific, and not provide loopholes for women who are changing their mind because they are starting to see stretch marks. I also wrote in my previous column that the number of abortions affected by the Supreme Court ruling were between 0.17% - 10%, but the numbers in the year 2000 were only 1.4% of abortions in the US were partial-birth abortions (about 2,800) according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Most of those 2,800 partial-birth abortions were performed on healthy babies with healty mothers who simply chickened out, and changed their minds.

I also got a call from my Grandma during my show yesterday. She had just got off the phone with my Great Grandma to confirm that in 1917 my Great Grandpa was born early. He weighed in at 2lbs., and they used a washcloth for his blanket. He would later go on to father 5 children. That's back in 1917!

If you are still interested in taking the poll I put up about the Supreme Court's decision yesterday ... go here.


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