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Partial-Birth Abortion: Is Victory in Sight?

Wednesday, 04 June 2003 12:00 AM

Victory is finally in sight for those who want to ban the deadly practice of partial-birth abortion. Today the House is expected to vote on the bill that would ban the practice. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, is the sponsor of the bill, which would prohibit the procedure. But the supporters of legalized abortion are intent on putting up a fight.

According to Eagle Forum, U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Jim Greenwood, R-Pa., both stalwart supporters of the pro-abortion lobby, are expected to offer a "killer" amendment that places no limits on partial-birth abortion during the time it is employed most often. Furthermore, the amendment is replete with provisions that would make it easy to obtain a partial-birth abortion should it be desired.

If anyone is uncertain about what the procedure of partial-birth abortion is all about, they should examine the current edition of Newsweek. Pictures show a child in his mother's womb from week 7 to week 35. It becomes very clear – no matter what the pro-abortion lobby says – that here is a child.

His personhood becomes more and more evident as weeks go by. By week 21, a time when the partial-birth abortion procedure is often used, the little baby is just starting to use his legs, and his mother can feel the kicks. At week 23, the child has the potential to survive outside his mother's womb. Now, imagine that child being yanked out of the womb, prematurely, by forceps.

The partial-birth procedure is an inhumane, bloody procedure that makes even hardened people cringe in disgust when they realize that a young life could end so cruelly and violently.

Unfortunately, despite sonograms and pictures like the ones in Newsweek, a number of congressmen are undecided on this issue, including many moderate Republicans. Undoubtedly, both sides will be doing everything they can to pressure these members to vote their way.

Two factors will make a difference. One will be the conscience of these members, something that neither side will have any real control over. The other is which side will be able to get their grassroots members in the districts of undecided members to call and let their congressman know what they think.

The changing public opinion about abortion is testament to the fact that the pro-life side has the truth on its side, and that that truth is finally becoming known and accepted beyond the movement's base of support.

Whatever the pro-abortion lobby says about "choice," more Americans are coming to realize precisely when a baby's choices will be ended before they can even start to be made: when a partial birth abortion takes place. And that change in opinion also pays homage to the perseverance of those in the pro-life movement, some of whom have soldiered on for decades including through some very dispiriting times.

The passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in the House would represent a significant victory, particularly for those young Americans yet to be born who may very well end up owing their lives to what happens today or tomorrow.

But even if the ban passes the House, a conference will be needed to remove the Harkin, D-Iowa, amendment to the Senate bill that reaffirms Roe v. Wade.

Win or lose, we still need work to change the culture and the hearts of Americans to ensure that the sanctity of innocent life will be respected in the way it once was before the rise of legalized abortion. But there should be no doubt that this ban, if enacted into law, would be a significant blow to the pro-abortion lobby.

We have passed this bill before only to have it vetoed twice. The difference is that we now have President George W. Bush in the White House, not Bill Clinton.

No president, in my view, has been as publicly committed to the pro-life cause as President Bush. After the Senate passed its version of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban in March, he said:

"Partial-birth abortion is an abhorrent procedure that offends human dignity. ...Today's action is an important step toward building a culture of life in America. I look forward to the House passing legislation and working with the Senate to resolve any differences so that I can sign legislation banning partial-birth abortion into law."

What happens this week can bring the president one step closer to being able to pick up his pen and put his name on a law that will ban that deadly procedure once and for all.

Now is no time for Americans of conscience to be silent.

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