Stop the Tyrants Part II

Chapter 4: Good-Bye to Decency

The Majority's Depraved Indifference to Human Life

Governments exist for the protection of the natural rights of human persons. In order to carry out their function, governments must maintain a high level of respect for the intrinsic value of a human being. Thus, for any governmental official, any display of depraved indifference to human life is most definitely grounds for removal from office. It does not matter in the slightest whether that depraved indifference was displayed in the course of the official's public duties, or outside of them.

The Petition for Removal from the Federal Judiciary accuses the five members of the Stenberg majority -- John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer -- of demonstrating a depraved indifference to human life that falls far below the proper standards of conduct for an official of the government. In striking down Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortion/infanticide, these judges have shown a depraved indifference to human life in a number of ways. The details are given below in sections A to D.

In Chapter 4

  1. Partial-Birth Abortion is only Health Care
  2. Only the Abortionist's Point of View Matters
  3. Pain and Suffering Don't Count!
  4. Torturing a Baby is a Constitutional Right
  5. The End Result of Stenberg v. Carhart

§A   Partial-Birth Abortion is only Health Care

The five members of the Stenberg majority treat the partial-birth infanticide as if it were just another routine surgical procedure. Indeed, they do their best to convince the whole world of the procedure's normalcy. You have read the descriptions of the partial-birth abortion procedure given by Justice Kennedy and Justice Thomas. Now please read the description given by Justice Breyer while writing for the majority, a report which Justice Thomas rightly called "sanitized":

Like... the D&E; technique, it begins with induced dilation of the cervix. The procedure then involves removing the fetus from the uterus through the cervix "intact" i.e., in one pass, rather than in several passes. It is used after 16 weeks [gestation] at the earliest, as vacuum aspiration [of the fetus] becomes ineffective and the fetal skull becomes too large to pass through the cervix. The [intact dilation and extraction (D&X;)] proceeds in two ways, depending on the presentation of the fetus. If the fetus presents head first (a vertex presentation), the doctor collapses the skull; and the doctor then extracts the entire fetus through the cervix. If the fetus presents feet first (a breech presentation), the doctor pulls the fetal body through the cervix, collapses the skull, and extracts the fetus through the cervix. [Majority Opinion, page 8]

You have probably noticed that Mr. Breyer avoids any mention of the act that kills the baby: having his brain removed with a vacuum.

In treating the partial-birth abortion/infanticide as a normal surgical procedure, the majority's members deliberately overlook some very crucial facts:

First, they overlook the unavoidably dangerous blind use of a surgical instrument to puncture the baby's skull. They thereby sacrifice any real concern for women's health to the ideology of the militant pro-abortion movement: killing a fetus is always a good thing!

Second,they act as if oblivious to the fact that holding the mostly-born baby's head inside the mother's uterus is just a ploy to escape a murder charge on a legal technicality. Justice Thomas cited proof of this in his dissent:

In cases in which the physician inadvertently dilates the woman to too great a degree, the physician will have to hold the fetus inside the woman so that he can perform the procedure. [Justice Thomas quotes a statement by Pamela Smith, M.D.] ("In these procedures, one basically relies on cervical entrapment of the head, along with a firm grip, to help keep the baby in place while the practitioner plunges a pair of scissors into the base of the baby's skull"). [Justice Thomas then quotes from testimony given by the abortionist Martin Haskell at S.6 and H.R.929 Joint Hearing 45] ("I could put dilapan in for four or five days and say I'm doing a [D&X] procedure and the fetus could just fall out. But that's not really the point. The point here is you're attempting to do an abortion . . . Not see how do I manipulate the situation so that I get a live birth instead"). [Thomas dissent: page 10]

Third, they ignore the 'dilation and extraction (D&X;)' method's inherent relation to out-and-out infanticide. (The law, of course, defines infanticide as murder.) The partial-birth abortion procedure's inseparability from infanticide was made clear by the testimony before Congress of a nurse who witnessed this 'medical procedure,' Brenda Pratt Shafer:

The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out, like a startled reaction, like a flinch, like a baby when he thinks he is going to fall.
The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby went completely limp." [Statement of Brenda Pratt Shafer at H.R. 1833 Hearing 18]

The above quote was given in Justice Thomas' dissent. It seems the members of the Stenberg majority were unmoved by Nurse Shafer's testimony.

Even the judges responsible for inventing "the constitutional right to abortion" were not this despicable: The Roe Court specifically left standing a Texas law which prohibited the killing of a child during parturition!

See the Chapter 4 Table of Contents.

The Stop the Tyrants Project [page 20]: Chapter 4 (Section A)
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