Late Term Abortions

Late Term AbortionsThe news has been full of stories about late term abortions lately. From the Texas law banning abortions after 20 weeks which was upheld by the courts to the defeat of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, referendum to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Earlier this year the news was all about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the infamous late term abortion doctor from Philadelphia who is now serving a life sentence in prison for killing babies aborted alive at his clinic, among other things. When Gosnell and other doctors doing these late term abortions hit the headlines the public became aware of the fact that abortions were being done in the late months of pregnancy when the babies were capable of living outside the womb. These late term abortions are performed in the latter part of the second trimester and during the third trimester, at six, seven, eight, and nine months of pregnancy.

Because of the size of the babies and for the safety of the mothers, different procedures had to be developed to abort these late term babies, as a complication that could occur was doing an abortion and delivering a live baby, which was not what the doctor or mother wanted.

In order to solve this complication of a live baby following an intended abortion, a procedure called "partial birth abortion" was developed. This procedure involved bringing the baby out of the birth canal feet first, with the exception of the head. Scissors were then inserted into the base of the skull in order to insert a tube to remove the brains, thus causing the death of the baby; and the abortion was completed once the entire baby was removed.

This method was looked upon as a horrific procedure, opposed by most doctors. A ban was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2003; and the ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007, thus preventing this type of abortion in almost all cases.

This brought back the complication of a live birth baby during a late term abortion. Doctors like Kermit Gosnell began killing babies born alive after abortions by snipping their spinal cords. When his procedures came to light, the public was appalled and he was brought to trial for killing viable babies. Similarly, Dr. Douglas Karpen of Houston has been charged with killing babies aborted alive by twisting their heads off. These horrific procedures are never tolerated once they are brought to light and weighed heavily in discussions in the Texas legislature when they voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.

Since abortionists have been charged and convicted for such acts, a newer procedure was developed and is being used extensively by a long-time late term abortionist, Dr. James Pendergraft, who ran several abortion clinics in Florida and is now operating in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pendergraft is a convicted felon who has served time in prison and whose Florida license has been suspended.

Dr. Pendergraft's new procedure appears to be foolproof so far. It's called fetal intra-cardiac injection in medical terms. In lay terms it is simply a lethal injection into the baby's heart of a "feticide agent" (poison) to stop the heart from beating, resulting in the death of the baby. This procedure takes only 2 to 4 minutes to perform, for which he is paid many thousands of dollars; and Dr. Pendergraft can guarantee that this baby will not be aborted alive.

Dr. Pendergraft then protects himself even further, as he does not complete the abortion at this point. Instead the woman is sent away with instructions to either go to another abortionist to complete the abortion or to go home to her own doctor to have the now dead baby removed. Since most doctors and hospitals refuse to participate in late term abortions, they are now faced with either knowingly or unknowingly removing a dead baby from their patient.

Either way it doesn't matter to Dr. Pendergraft as his work is done, and he is not responsible for the health of the patient and the dangers involved with carrying a dead baby around who has been killed in this manner. His patients are sent away within 10 to 15 minutes after the procedure and are only advised of the potential complications that some other doctor may be dealing with.

Is there no limit to the ghastly ways abortionists can come up with to pursue their trade?