Judge on Partial-Birth Abortion vs. Dismemberment Abortion

By Sarah Terzo

Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, in ruling against the PBA (Partial Birth Abortion) ban, makes this point:

“From the standpoint of the fetus, and, I should think, of any rational person, it makes no difference whether, when the skull is crushed, the fetus is entirely within the uterus or its feet are outside the uterus. Yet the position of the feet is the only difference between committing a felony and performing an act that the states concede is constitutionally privileged…. [T]here is no meaningful difference between the forbidden and the privileged practice. No reason of policy or morality that would allow the one would forbid the other.”

Quoted by Richard John Neuhaus  in “So What’s the Big Deal about Partial-Birth Abortion.” First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life June 2000 [https://www.firstthings.com/article/2000/06/forgive-us-our-trespasses]

Here is a diagram of a partial- birth abortion, where the baby is delivered up until the head and then killed. This procedure is now illegal.

And a D&E abortion. This procedure is still legal.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.