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Question: are partial birth abortions really done?


 cgreenlese - Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:46 pm

I've just received a political email expressing the fact that one of the presidential candidates did not vote against an issue such as the infanticide bill and what more is a "partial birth abortion"?

What was described as a partial birth abortion was horrifying...is this actually done? And why?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:18 pm

User avatar Hello,
Yes it is done. In the U.S. a law was passed and signed by President Bush outlawing this method, but it may still be performed illegally.

The purpose is to make sure the baby is not born alive, since these are done late enough in pregnancy it is possible the baby might survive. It is gruesome for sure. It is a highly controversial subject since abortions performed late in pregnancy are much more complicated.

I hope this helps.

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