Justice For The Most Vulnerable
By Nathan Tabor
Jan 22, 2006 - 7:11:00 PM
WASHINGTON D.C.— Partial-birth abortion is perhaps the most gruesome practice known to man. It involves partly delivering a baby, then jamming his or her head with a pair of scissors so that the skull will collapse and the baby will die. The baby may be as much as out of the womb when this procedure takes place. Calling this an abortion is actually a misnomer. The point of fact is, that it is infanticide, and should not be tolerated in the land of the free.
Back in 2003, President George W. Bush signed a law banning this procedure nationwide. However, the measure has been tied up in the courts, so it is not enforced. Therefore, there is nothing to prevent partial-birth abortion from taking place in America, any day of the year.
The last stand for partial-birth abortion is the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court must decide this week or next whether to review a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. In the year 2000, five justices of the Supreme Court ruled that under Roe vs. Wade, the original Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, partial-birth abortion can be performed any time that an abortionist sees a health benefit. This is true, even if the mother and child are actually healthy. The decision negated a ban on partial-birth abortion that had been enacted in Nebraska.
When President Bush signed the federal ban, he called partial-birth abortion "a terrible form of violence (that) has been directed against children who are inches from birth." Yet, the most vocal opponents of the war against Iraq never mention this senseless slaughter of innocents within our own borders. Are they so blind that they cannot see the cruelty of killing children who are half-born?
Douglas Johnson, legislative director of National Right to Life, has stated, "In 2000, five justices of the Supreme Court in effect ruled that Roe vs. Wade guarantees the right to perform partial-birth abortions at will. Unless the Court accepts this new case and abandons the extreme position it took in 2000, partly born premature infants will continue to die by having their skulls punctured with seven-inch scissors."
In the meantime, there are two other legal challenges to the federal ban that remain under review by the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Ninth Circuit. Virginia has also asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, holding that a similar state law contradicts the 2000 Supreme Court decision.
It is high time that the Supreme Court take an uncompromising stand in defense of an innocent life. Why is it that convicted killers routinely receive greater consideration from the Court than unborn babies do? The justice system in this country is in need of a major overhaul, and real progress will not take place as long as the highest court in the land ignores the rights of our youngest citizens.
In 1973 with Roe, the Supreme Court issued what many consider to be the worst ruling ever. It ushered in an age when life became cheap, when human rights were trampled, and when millions of women throughout the nation were left grieving for the children they would never hold in their arms. The slaughter has got to stop. And the only people who can really put an end to it are those in the black robes.
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