Partial-birth abortion (PBA) is a procedure by which an unborn child on the verge of birth is killed.
The abortionist partially delivers the child feet first until the neck is exposed. The
abortionist then stabs the child at the base of the skull with scissors to make an
opening. A suction tube is inserted and the baby's brain is suctioned out. The
abortionist then delivers a dead child.
In 1998, National Right to Life News published an article,"State Legislation: A 25 Year Overview." In 1998, Partial-Birth Abortion was banned in 16 states according to the map which accompanied the NRLC article. Those states included Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee.
In November 2003, President Bush signed federal legislation making partial-birth abortion illegal. The partial-birth abortion ban was challenged but upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzalez, Attorney General v. Carhart et al. The map below is a representation of state PBA legislation as of Summer 2007. Click here to learn more about partial-birth abortion.
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State NameStatus of Partial-Birth Abortion Ban