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Who Witnessed Babies Aborted Alive and Her Attorney
Give A Woman's Perspective On Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Case
at Supreme Court
D.C. - On Wednesday morning, November 8, 2006, the United States
Supreme Court will hear oral argument regarding the Partial-Birth
Abortion Ban Act of 2003 ("Act") in Gonzales v. Planned
Parenthood and Gonzalez v. Carhart. Liberty Counsel
filed amicus briefs in both cases with the Court on behalf of the
Association of Pro-Life Physicians and Illinois nurse Jill Stanek,
in favor of the Act.
Nurse Stanek has a special interest
in late-term abortions. She worked in a hospital where aborted babies
born alive were cast aside to die. Stanek offered riveting testimony
during hearings on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Stanek's
testimony was also introduced into Congressional hearings on the Partial-Birth
Abortion Ban Act. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver represents
Stanek and the physician's group. Staver, an attorney who also
has a Master's degree in counseling, recognizes the mental anguish
experienced by women who have abortions, especially those who are
uninformed about abortion's after-effects.
This is the second time this decade
that the Supreme Court has heard oral argument on partial-birth abortion.
In 2000, the Court struck down a Nebraska statute that it deemed too
vague and which did not provide an exception for the health of the
mother. The Act passed by Congress, which the Court will consider
this term, more specifically describes partial-birth abortion. After
hearing testimony on the subject, Congress determined that the Act
did not need a health exception because "partial-birth abortion
is never medically indicated to preserve the health of the mother."
While termed a "partial-birth
abortion," the procedure is actually infanticide in that a baby
is brutally killed during the birth process, just a few inches away
from birth with only its head inside the mother.
Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, commented: "Women in this
nation should be horrified that our sisters are still being subjected
to the barbaric butchery of partial-birth abortion. Doctors are obligated
to protect woman and that means we must be fully informed of the details
of any surgical procedure. Partial-birth abortion causes babies to
die a painful death. I am convinced that women do not want their offspring
tortured. Not even a death-row inmate could legally be subjected to
such a punishment in this nation." Staver concluded: "I
predict that the High Court will retreat from its previous decision
and will uphold the federal partial-birth abortion ban. Also, in the
not too distant future, I believe that the Supreme Court will rectify
the worst decision it ever made. The life span of Roe v. Wade
and its progeny is waning. One day we will look back with shame and
sorrow on this nation's approval of abortion."
Nurse Jill Stanek and Liberty Counsel
President Anita Staver will be available for interviews in front of
the Supreme Court building immediately following the argument.