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When abortion was illegal in America many women died or suffered serious medical problems from either self-induced or illegal back-alley abortions Women streamed into emergency rooms with punctured wombs massive bleeding and rampant infections Thanks to the Roe v Wade 1973 Supreme Court decision women today have access to safe abortions by medically trained professionals under sanitary conditions But anti-abortionists so-called pro-lifers want to change all this They are succeeding If this Partial-Birth Abortion Act becomes law it will mark the first abortion procedure prohibited since Roe v Wade The law will establish a precedent for criminalizing other types of abortion as America slides down the bloody slope to back-alley abortions Those who are truly pro-life must grasp the ominous implications of and the underlying motives behind this ban of partial-birth abortions before its too late Partial-birth abortion known medically as intact dilation and extraction DX is designed primarily to be used in the case of 5- and 6-month-old fetuses that are dying malformed or threaten the womans health or life The extraction part of the procedure involves the fetus being pulled from the womb feet-first except for the head which is too large to pass without injuring the woman The head is collapsed to allow removal This partial birth procedure is designed for the maximum protection of the woman and is the best one available for late-term abortions The late-term alternative to DX is to dismember the fetus in the womb before extraction According to doctors this is a riskier procedure A woman has a right to her own body and if she chooses to have the fetus removed then all effort should be made to protect the woman from injury To rule otherwise is to negate this right Banning any type of abortion on the grounds of protecting the fetus necessarily grants rights to the fetus an utter perversion of individual rights If an actual human being a woman has no right to
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