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What is Partial Birth Abortion

QUESTION: What is partial birth abortion?


Partial-birth abortion is exactly what the term infers. The baby is partially born before its abortionist-induced termination.

This Dilation and Extraction procedure is called D&X, Intact D&X, and Intrauterine cranial decompression. The public commonly uses the term PBA and Partial-birth Abortions.

The procedure is usually performed during the last trimester of gestation up to the end of the ninth month. The woman's cervix is dilated, and the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps. Then he proceeds to pull the baby into the birth canal. The abortionist then delivers the baby's body, feet first, all but the baby's head. The abortionist inserts a sharp object into the back of the baby's head, removes it, and inserts a vacuum tube through which the brains are sucked out. The head of the baby collapses at this point and allows the aborted baby to be delivered lifelessly.

Is this graphic, grotesque? Yes, it is! Is it painful for the baby? Yes it is! It is not an embryo or fetus, but is a baby who is a life. Just as a mother who has miscarried a wanted child says she "lost the baby."

Life begins at conception. During pregnancy, a baby is growing and in development until its day of birth, just as a birthed child is continually growing and developing until it reaches adulthood. From the beginning it has a heart and a heartbeat. All the parts are there and are being developed over a few short months until his/her birthday.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 says, "The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." God forms us and knows us before we are born. Life is precious to God as Psalm 127:3 tells us "Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him." And God has a divine plan for each and every life.

Babies, even developing babies, can and do feel. Sonograms have shown babies sucking their thumbs; they move around, and yes even kick at times. One baby's excitement is described in the Bible as his mother Elisabeth says, "…the baby in my womb leaped for joy" at hearing good news (Luke 1:44).

What is Partial Birth Abortion? It is the destruction of a life for which God had plans. It is a human beings taking life out of the hands of God, delivering it to death.

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