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  • Liz Brown

Friday, November 27, 2015 6:54 am

In spite of law, partial birth abortion continues

Twelve years ago, the partial birth abortion ban became law. Yet, here we are 12 years later and Planned Parenthood abortion doctors seem to cavalierly ignore that law.

In October, the Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video of Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Anna Dermish explaining how she regularly alters abortion procedures to harvest intact organs. As if this revelation isn’t alarming enough, Dermish goes on to explain that using an ultrasound during the abortion lets her position the child so that his feet come out first, allowing her to preserve the body’s more valuable organs. This “breech presentation” perfectly describes a partial birth abortion.

But Dermish isn’t some rogue abortion doctor; she is not the only one seemingly breaking the laws. Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, appears in the first Center for Medical Progress video released in July. She too brags about using ultrasound in order to determine where to put the forceps during an abortion so she doesn’t crush the baby parts that the tissue buyer wants to buy.

Nucatola goes on to say this about the partial birth abortion ban: “The Federal Abortion Ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation. So there are some people who interpret it as intent. So if I say on day one I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter. Because I didn’t intend to do this on day one so I’m complying with the law.”

Nucatola’s defense would never stand up in an objective court of law. But Nucatola works in the abortion industry, and for far too long abortion officials have gotten a free pass from the media, prosecutors, the courts and lawmakers.

But this free pass is slowly disappearing, thanks to the efforts of so many who work tirelessly to expose the abortion industry. At the state level, legislators are standing up to the abortion industry and passing laws that protect women and the unborn.

Last session in the Indiana Senate, well before the Planned Parenthood videos were released, I was pleased that my bill on dignified disposal of aborted fetal remains was passed into law. My bill addresses the crass disregard that the abortion industry has for its victims and it brings us closer to ending abortion altogether.

Much work remains, as the Planned Parenthood videos clearly show. We need to ensure that the abortion industry is not doubly profiting off of women by charging them for an abortion and selling the baby’s organs. We need assurances that abortion providers aren’t skirting consent laws, as Indiana’s notorious abortion doctor, Ulrich Klopfer, was doing. And knowing that abortion doctors are willing to alter procedures to secure intact baby organs, we must make sure that this is not happening in Indiana. (See the Center for Medical Progress website for more examples of abortion altering.)

Let’s not forget what is at stake here. Babies, whose hearts start beating only weeks after fertilization, are being targeted. They aren’t only being targeted for termination. But they are being targeted for their livers, their kidneys and their hearts; they are reduced to body parts for sale to the highest bidder.

We, as a humane and compassionate society, must have the heart and the courage, to say “enough is enough.” We will no longer stand idle as abortion doctors thwart laws meant to protect the weakest among us. We will call for solutions that protect both mothers and babies targeted by a greedy abortion industry and we will impose the harshest penalties on these abortion doctors when they break these laws. And we will seek an end to abortion, as we reach out to all women in crisis, so that every baby’s heart keeps beating, God-willing, for all the years of her natural life.

Republican Liz Brown represents Indiana Senate District 15 and is a candidate for Indiana's 3rd District seat.