FOF Applauds House Vote Ending Partial-birth Abortion

Focus on the Family
Thursday, 5 June 2003

Pro-family Organization Commends This Step Toward Reconciling Roe v. Wade with Reality

Focus on the Family applauded the end of a long legislative battle to ban partial-birth abortion hailing the House's 282 to 139 vote to ban the barbaric practice last night.

Carrie Gordon Earll, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family, said, "Today is a landmark victory in the effort to protect the weakest among us. Americans are willing to set limits regarding unrestricted abortion and they have drawn one line at partial-birth abortion."

A Gallup Poll in January showed 70 percent of the public favored outlawing partial-birth abortion.

"We are living in a new era when our nation can no longer reconcile the schizophrenic and irrational legacy of Roe v. Wade with the indisputable humanity of the preborn baby," added Earll.

Earll pointed to technological advances in fetal ultrasound and the outrage over the recent murders in California of Laci Peterson and her preborn son, Conner, as evidence. "Laci & Conner's Law," so named at the family's request, is also known as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and would establish separate federal penalties for violent crimes against a pregnant woman and her preborn child. The legislation is set to come before Congress soon. Twenty-seven states already have similar laws on the books.

"America cannot argue that a preborn baby is entitled to equal protection under the law in one circumstance and then justify killing the same child in another. The current public dialogue focusing on this moral and logical conflict is a significant step toward exposing Roe v. Wade's faulty foundations," said Earll. Newsweek's upcoming cover story, "Does a fetus have rights?" also examines this inconsistent and contradictory message.

Earll concluded, "We applaud the pro-life community's tenacity and commitment to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion and look forward to a day in this country when every human being at any stage of life is welcomed as a valuable individual."

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