Don’t Celebrate Partial Birth Abortion Ban Yet



(AgapePress) – A leading pro-life activist is taking a “wait-and-see” attitude on whether the Republican victories in the mid-term elections will translate into truly helping unborn children.

In the wake of Tuesday’s GOP showing, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has already promised a Senate bill that would ban the gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion. But Judi Brown, president of American Life League, says it is one thing for politicians to make promises — but quite another to make the commitment to save the lives of innocent children.

“I think that we have to take a wait-and-see attitude with regard to how the results of these elections actually play out for the protection of innocent human beings,” Brown says. “The partial-birth abortion bill that Senator Lott has now promised to introduce does contain an exception; [and it] will not ban the procedure, but regulate it.”

She claims the heinous procedure, in which a full-term baby is killed while its head is still inside its mother's body, will still be permitted under certain circumstances, “as will the three other forms of abortion that kill those same babies at that same age,” she says. Consequently, Brown recommends pro-lifers remain “cautiously optimistic” and not celebrate quite yet.

As long as there are exceptions, Brown says, no measure banning abortion can be considered truly “pro-life.” She says there is no gray area when it comes to human life.

Meanwhile, many pro-lifers do not realize that the vaccines they use regularly were produced by using discarded fetal tissue from an abortion. An example is the rubella portion of the MMR vaccine given to children.

Debbie Vinnedge of the organization Children of God for Life says it happened again after 9-11 when the government began mass production of a smallpox vaccine.

“We launched a very big protest with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and the pharmaceutical companies — and 30 days later they announced they were to produce 155 million more doses, but this time they would not use the aborted fetal cell lines,” she says. “So we were very pleased with that.”

Vinnedge says her organization is keeping a close eye on the medical research industry and its vaccination-producing arm. She acknowledges that using fetal tissue makes production of vaccines easier and quicker, but says its ethical aspect has always been a question mark.

Vinnedge explains why researchers like fetal tissue. “It comes from an early fetus where they believe that those cell lines will last a lot longer than other types of human cell lines might last. That's simply because of the age of the cell,” she says.

“Another point that has been made is that if [fetal tissue is used, manufacturers do not] have to worry about contamination from other factors, like animal tissues, that might introduce other problems.”

Vinnedge says these excuses are not really true, based on research. She believes the true reason for using fetal tissue is that there is so much available from so many abortions — and it is inexpensive.

(This article courtesy of Agape Press.)

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