View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kagan: Her Abortion Distortion Became Gospel

During the debate in the 1990s over partial birth abortion - and in the years since as the grisly procedure is still discussed - a report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has been used to provide scientific support for the procedure.

The report contains the following statement:

“An intact D&X [the medical term for the procedure], however, may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman.”

The problem is that the original report did NOT contain that language. It was added at the suggestion of then Clinton White House staff member Elena Kagan the current Supreme Court nominee.

The initial report said ghat the select ACOG panel “could identify no circumstances under which this procedure . . . would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman.”

ACOG shared the draft with the White House, and Kagan said in internal memos that the the report would be a "disaster" as it was worded.

She then wrote the sentence cited above and sent it to ACOG, where the executive board (and not the select panel)inserted it verbatim into the final statement.

So that wording was not based on actual scientific evidence. It was created by a political operative who may be our next Supreme Court Justice.

As with so much involving support for abortion, the statement was based less on "scientific" evidence than it is on a politically motivated fabrication.

In other words, a lie.

(See reporting on this at the National Review).


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