Let me preface this by saying that while I am pro-choice, I would favor a ban on late-term abortions that are not medically necessary to protect the health of the mother.
Partial Birth Abortion is a political term, not a medical one, referring to a medical procedure called Intact Dilation and Extraction, or I D&E, which is for removing a dead fetus from the womb, whether it is stillborn or aborted, (often to save the life of the mother) intact. It, like many medical procedures, is pretty gross. Basically you take the dead fetus out by the legs until you can see the neck, put a tube up the neck, remove the brain by suction which collapses the skull, and allows the head to be removed vaginally without cutting the woman open to remove the fetus. Before this happens the fetus is typically killed by injection in the case of late-term abortions (which are relatively rare), or has died as a result of miscarriage, but is not due to be born yet and must be removed for obvious medical reasons, but is too large to pass out of the woman’s body without either invasive surgery or removing the fetus in pieces, which can be just a wee bit traumatic for the mother.
So, in comes the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, a law which would BAN this evil, disgusting abortion practice once and for all!
The legal argument is that killing a fetus is legally murder however premature it is, once it passes through the birth canal, so they call this procedure “partial birth” abortion to suggest that the fetus is “partially born” and therefore it’s murder. So they want to make it ILLEGAL to… remove a fetus vaginally without cutting it apart first, or cutting the woman open to remove it.
Even if you want to ban abortion, this law only makes abortion more gory, horrifying for the mother (especially in cases where a pro-life mother has an abortion to save her own life) more painful and medically invasive and more expensive, as opposed to Intact D&E which is a non-invasive out-patient procedure.
Which brings me to a central theme of conservative politics. They don’t care about what you care about, pro-lifers. The politicians care about using you to get elected. They had overwhelming political power under the bush administration, they controlled the house, senate, white house AND supreme court, every single branch of federal government simultaneously. They had such a wide majority in congress that it took not one but two landslide elections for the democrats to get a small majority. And is gay marriage illegal? Is abortion illegal? Have there been any attempts to further the agenda they tout to get themselves elected that are not symbolic or totally impotent?
The partial birth abortion ban act is just another example of a totally meaningless bill designed to keep the fires of pro-lifers passions alive with no intent to ever give them anything they want.
The republicans in congress don’t want to ban gay marriage or ban abortion. If they did how would they get elected again? Abortion is their bread and butter and they know it. They get elected with the debate, not the solution to any of our problems. So they keep the problems around so they can win the debate, get elected and do nothing.
I’m not even pro-life and I’m sick of it!