Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Life Links 4/3/13

Yesterday at the Kermit Gosnell murder trial Karen Feisullin testified regarding Gosnell's abortion practice, noting that his ultrasound machine was ancient.

Feisullin commented on practices at Gosnell's clinic, testifying that:

There was no medical reason for Gosnell's practice of cutting and storing the feet from aborted fetuses.

Late-term abortions - those close to the 24-week gestational age after which abortion is illegal in Pennsylvania - are rare in her experience and, in those cases, the fetus is injected with potassium chloride to stop the heart before the procedure begins.

Babies are almost never born alive in late-term abortions and, when they are, they are provided "comfort care" until they die. Feisullin said she never heard of any other physician snipping with scissors the spinal cords of babies born alive and viable......

The defense lawyer then walked back to the table and his client, but not before Feisullin asked: "Are we going to talk about how they're all over 24 weeks?"

McMahon told her she was not allowed to ask questions.

A little background on Karen Feisullin - she's a OB/GYN in the greater Philadelphia area who has written a couple of book chapters with Carolyn Westoff on contraception.  Westoff is a well-known abortionist who was the recipient of the 2010 William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award given out by Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health and is the senior medical advisor at Planned Parenthood

Alabama legislators have passed new abortion clinic regulations. 

The state House voted 68-21 to give final passage to the Women's Health and Safety Act. The vote came hours after the state Senate voted 20-10 to approve the bill after amending the measure to require clinics to tell patients what medications they had received.....

The bill requires abortion clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to hospitals in the same city. Some clinics now use doctors from other cities that don't have local hospital privileges. A similar law in Mississippi is threatening to close that state's only abortion clinic, which is challenging the law in court.

The bill also sets stricter building requirements, including wider halls and doors and better fire suppression systems. The state Department of Public Health, which regulates Alabama's five abortion clinics, reports that most will not meet the stricter standards.

In the New York Post, Michael Benjamin (a former legislator who was pro-choice) demolishes Governor Andrew Cuomo's claim that the Reproductive Health Act would only codify Roe v. Wade by simply explaining what the bill would do.

For starters, it would ban the prosecution of criminals who cause the death of an almost-born child. This has absolutely nothing to do with Roe or protecting women; so its inclusion is especially odd — if not wrong.....

Second, the bill removes age restrictions on abortion — removing parents' ability to decide whether their children under the age of 16 has access to contraceptives and morning-after abortion pills......

Third, the bill would let non-doctors perform abortions and make medical judgments about when a mother's life might be in danger.....

Fourth, the bill removes accountability for doctors who perform an illegal procedure that leads to the death of a woman.

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