Thursday, February 10, 2011

Life Links 2/10/11

The Los Angeles Times has a story on a Catholic hospital in Chicago which has developed a protocol for stopping 2nd trimester abortions if a woman changes her mind during abortion procedures.
Working with two anti-abortion groups, Resurrection Medical Center, the largest hospital of one of Chicago's largest Catholic health care systems, has put in place a practice that when a woman arrives in the emergency room with an activist seeking to stop a second-trimester abortion, she should be treated immediately. Since October, four women have arrived at the hospital seeking to halt their abortions, and three of them had their abortions stopped.

In response to the Protect Life Act, the National Abortion Federation has issued press releases including one with the testimony of Mary Vargas, a woman who got an abortion at 22 weeks because her child had Potter's Syndrome. Vargas says she got an abortion because she didn't want her unborn child to suffer in the womb .
We could allow our son to suffer without comfort, to feel his bones being crushed and broken in the absence of amniotic fluid, until he died in utero, or at delivery, suffocating to death in the absence of developed lungs. Two specialists confirmed that he had no chance at life....

We "chose" to end the pregnancy – not for us, but because choosing mercy was the only thing we could do for our unborn son. I would have liked to have held him. Yet, I know our decision was the right one for our child. I know because of this experience that many times the choice to terminate a pregnancy is made because a woman value's life: because she or her unborn child, or both is dying, or because they are suffering towards no purpose.
What's the National Abortion Federation's position on fetal pain?

While the National Abortion Federation is publishing testimony on fetal pain it doesn't really believe, prolifers are debating the strategy of fetal-pain legislation. In the Human Life Review, prolife lawyer Paul Linton criticizes fetal-pain laws because he doubts Justice Kennedy the Supreme Court would find them constitutional, National Right to Life's Mary Balch responded and Linton responded to Balch's response.

In Oregon, a woman gave birth while in jail and the child died.
A pregnant Lane County Jail inmate gave birth to a fetus Wednesday night that had died by the time a jail employee checked on the woman during a routine security cell check, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said....

Lt. Larry Brown said late Wednesday night that it’s too early in the investigation to know whether the fetus was delivered naturally and to what extent it was delivered prematurely.

He said the inmate had been in custody for only a few hours prior to the discovery of the fetus. Jail employees were aware that the inmate was pregnant, he said.

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