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With the knowledge that saline abortions may still be happening in Minnesota, in 2008 MCCL worked with pro-life legislators to introduce a ban on the cruel procedure which poisons and burns unborn children in the womb."Saline abortions are one of the most brutal and inhumane medical procedures performed today," said MCCL Legislative Associate Jordan Bauer. "Even though saline abortion causes horrific suffering for unborn babies and poses great dangers to women’s health, it is still legal in Minnesota. It is long past time to outlaw this grotesque abortion procedure.
Saline abortions gruesome, painful
In a saline abortion procedure, the abortionist injects a long needle through the wall of the uterus and removes the amniotic fluid which provides a safe and nutritious environment for the developing child. It is replaced with a hypertonic saline (salt) solution which is toxic to the unborn child. The baby swallows the salt and is poisoned. Within one to one-and-one-half hours, the baby’s heart stops beating. The corrosive effect of the salt solution often burns and strips away the outer layer of the baby’s skin. The mother soon delivers a burned, shriveled and dead baby.
A diagram of the saline abortion method.
(Used with permission from Magnus Hirschfield Archive for Sexology)
Method dangerous for mother as well
Pregnant women can suffer many complications. If the saline enters the mother’s bloodstream, it can cause severe dehydration, seizures, coma, damage to internal organs and even death.The risks of saline abortion are so severe that many other countries abandoned the procedure decades ago. In fact, most pro-lifers thought the procedure was no longer used in the United States either. However, reputable medical journal articles show that abortionists are still using the procedure.
Ban would punish doctors for performing cruel procedure
As written, the saline abortion ban before the Minnesota legislature would prohibit physicians from performing the cruel procedure. Therefore, the abortionist would face punishment for performing the procedure, not the woman who sought to have an abortion. The federal partial-birth abortion ban operates in the same way.
Saline Abortion Ban would be constitutional
MCCL believes a saline abortion ban would be upheld by the courts. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed by Congress in 2003 and challenged in court by the abortion industry (Carhart v. Gonzalez). The U.S. Supreme Court found partial-birth abortion to be so horrific and inhumane that it could not remain legal. It was the first time since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that a specific method of abortion was outlawed. Because saline abortion is every bit as cruel to unborn children and dangerous to women, MCCL is confident the courts would rule a ban constitutional.
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