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Partial-Birth Abortion: You Can Look It Up in the Medical Dictionary!

Oct 29, 2003 | PBA

Medical Dictionary

One entry found for partial-birth abortion.

Main Entry: par·tial-birth abortion
Pronunciation: 'pär-sh&l-
Function: noun
: an abortion in the second or third trimester of pregnancy in which the death of the fetus is induced after it has passed partway through the birth canal

 

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Partial-Birth Abortion —
You Can Look It Up in the Medical Dictionary!
By Douglas Johnson
NRLC Legislative Director
<Legfederal@aol.com
October 29, 2003

You have probably heard pro-abortion spokespersons claim that “partial-birth abortion” is a “political” term that is “not found in medical dictionaries.” (Example:  NOW President Kim Gandy, Oct. 21, 2003, press release: “Try as you might, you won’t find the term ‘partial birth abortion’ in any medical dictionary.”)  This claim is diversionary, since “partial-birth abortion” is a LEGAL term of art that is defined by Congress in the bill itself (S. 3).

However, the claim is also untrue. If you go to major medical websites such as Medline at the National Institutes of Health, or the Intelihealth site affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, and use the medical dictionary search tools (which access the Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary), you find “partial-birth abortion” defined as “an abortion in the second or third trimester of pregnancy in which the death of the fetus is induced after it has passed partway through the birth canal.”  See:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9276/9276.html
By the way, this widely used medical dictionary does NOT list the pseudo-medical jargon terms that pro-abortion groups insist are the proper “medical” terms for the method, “dilation and extraction,” “intact dilation and evacuation,” or “intact dilation and extraction.”
For further information on this subject, see “Call It Partial-Birth Abortion — It’s the Law!” (requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader).  http://nrlc.org///uploads/pba/CallItPBA.pdf

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