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  • Noemie Emery in the Washington Examiner on how “choice” language has quieted pro-choicers when it comes to sex-selection abortion:

    Why not? It’s a “choice” – and choices, of course, must never be questioned, no matter to what ends they lead. Late-term abortion? Terrific. Infant dismemberment? Hardly a problem. Sequential abortion? No problem there.

    Abortion as a tool to dispose of unwanted girl children? Now, this is a problem, but liberals have surrendered the right and the standing to make moral judgments. They have found now a choice they despise, and they can’t rail against it. Who would listen to them holding forth on this issue? What in the world would they say?

    Ready to fight over a word, wink or whistle, they have no words at all for all those dead females. They are strangled and silenced by “choice.”

  • The Times of India discusses how even though sex-selection abortion in India is illegal, it is difficult to prosecute:So what makes it difficult for sex determination cases to be detected or prosecuted? Legal experts put the blame on the “doctor-patient nexus”.

    “The person who goes to a doctor for sex determination and the doctor who provides the information are accomplices ,” said senior criminal law counsel Nitin Pradhan. “No third person is involved . And the act is done under the shroud of secrecy. Hence, no complaints are filed in most cases.”

  • NPR has a piece on surgery to correct spina bifida in the womb:Lee Sutton, a pediatric neurosurgeon on the staff there, says doctors now realize that most of the damage from spina bifida occurs late in pregnancy.

    “We were seeing all these kids that were coming in here unborn — you know, little fetuses 18 to 19 weeks — and they were moving their legs beautifully on the ultrasounds,” Sutton says. “And then when they would get delivered at 38 weeks… they had club feet and were paralyzed.”

    Ultrasound tests showed that White’s fetus was still kicking. So there was a chance that if they decided to operate during pregnancy, their son wouldn’t be paralyzed…. 

    A few more staples and they had opened a small window, about 3 inches across, in the uterus.

    “And here’s the fetal bottom,” [Scott Adzick, chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] said.

    It was an amazing sight – the 6-inch-long fetus, its back facing up into the glare of the surgical lights….

    At this point, neurosurgeon Sutton stepped up to the table to help do the crucial part of the operation. He cut into the sac and spinal fluid gushed out. Adzick pointed out the hole underneath.

    “The spinal cord is right there. It’s like a tiny ribbon of tissue,” he said. “It’s a little bit yellowish, and there’s a little bloodstaining there.”

    The hole was only about an inch across. Sutton needed magnifying lenses to stitch it up, using a curved needle.

  • The Washington Post has a piece on abortion activist Julie Burkhart’s drive to open an abortion clinic in Wichita. Some pro-lifers appear to be taking Burkhart’s efforts more seriously than Mila Means’ but not Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman:Julie Burkhart, now executive director of the St. Louis-based lobbying group Trust Women, said Tuesday she hopes to open a clinic that offers first-trimester abortions and other women’s health services in Wichita in about a year. The group is trying to recruit a qualified doctor….

    Newman dismissed Burkhart as “pretty much irrelevant.”

    “There are doers and there are talkers. Doers are the abortionists and then there are the talkers, they are just the proponents … Julie Burkhart is just a low-level talker, that’s all she is.”

[Surgery photo via NPR, courtesy of Dr. Scott Adzick]

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