Understanding D&X and D&E in a Political Context

Posted on August 3, 2009

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The Federal Ban on D&X (Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003) has had NO IMPACT on the reduction of late-term (21-weeks-and-longer LMP gestation) abortion of potentially -viable babies/fetuses in America.  The reason being that identical late-term abortions (but in greater numbers) are still being performed IN VIRTUALLY EVERY STATE in the nation by the allowable medical method (if legally justified on the basis of “health” of the woman) called D&E – Dilation & Evacuation – which is the dismemberment of the fetus in the uterus and evacuation of the shredded parts by suction and/or curretage.   17,000-plus babies (potentially viable at 21 weeks’ or later gestation) are terminated each year by the D&E dismemberment method.  The U.S. government CDC Annual Abortion Surveillance Report for 2005 documents an actual 8,845 late-term 21-weeks-and-longer D&E abortions for only 32 of the 50 states (18 states and Washington D.C. did not report post-20-weeks’ abortion data to the CDC).

To be politically consistent, either the D&E Dismemberment-in-Uterus method of abortion of potentially viable babies at 21 weeks-and-longer gestation should be banned by federal law (with an exception only for the life of the woman), using the precise same wording and terms as the federal D&X Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 as upheld by the Supreme Court in 2007:  OR, the D&X Partial Birth Abortion medical method should be reinstated in the nation (on the basis that at least this horrific method does not run the risk of leaving a child’s body parts in the mother’s womb).

Connecticut’s U.S. politicians (senators, congressmen and congresswomen) voted AGAINST a Partial Birth Abortion Ban (some several times) during the W. Clinton and G. W. Bush administrations.

Where will the Obama administration – and Connecticut’s U.S. senators and representatives – come down this time when it comes to debating the lives of some 17,000 viable American babies who are terminated each year by medically shredding them in the womb through the macabre D&E Abortion procedure?

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