The partial birth abortion ban passed by congress in 2003 did not stop all abortions of viable babies. Daniel Moynihan, the late dem, said of the procedure as “too close to infanticide”. Obama himself endorsed the idea of later-term abortion ban when campaigning in 2008. “I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit later-term abortions as long ass there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother,’ “now, I don’t think that mental dist4ress qualifies as the health of the mother. It has to be a serious physical issue that arise in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term”.
America has far more liberal abortion regime that the one Obama claimed he would support in 2008. So infants born as early as 20 weeks survive, most state restrictions kick in only at 24 weeks.
Doe v. Bolton, a health exception must cover “psychological” and “emotional” health, a loophole so big as to render the restrictions meaningless.
Some pro-choice Americans will object if there is no exception allowing late-term abortions in the case of disabled babies, such as those with Down and spina bifida.
The right to life is not bestowed when a fetus becomes old enough to live outside the womb. Neither is it bestowed when a baby is half-delivered, which is the line drawn by the partial-birth abortion ban, yet we draw that line without conceding the principle that a child in the womb has a right to live.
Late-term abortions to provide medical care in the event the baby is born alive. Obama opposed such a measure as a Illinois state senator because, he said at the time, “if these children are being born alive, I at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they’re looked after”. (GOSNELL SURELY DID)

Source—weekly standard


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