Russell and Duenes

The Language Says It All

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In my 2011 post entitled, Babies Legally Ripped Apart Limb from Limb, I described the abortion procedure that remains legal, even after a ban on “partial birth” abortions was upheld in the Supreme Court case of Gonzales v. Carhart. In the Gonzales, Justice Kennedy describes this still-legal procedure. I reproduce it again here.

Of the remaining abortions that take place each year, most occur in the second trimester. The surgical procedure referred to as “dilation and evacuation” or “D&E” is the usual abortion method in this trimester…Although individual techniques for performing D&E differ, the general steps are the same.

A doctor must first dilate the cervix at least to the extent needed to insert surgical instruments into the uterus and to maneuver them to evacuate the fetus… A doctor often begins the dilation process by inserting osmotic dilators, such as laminaria (sticks of seaweed), into the cervix. The dilators can be used in combination with drugs, such as misoprostol, that increase dilation. The resulting amount of dilation is not uniform, and a doctor does not know in advance how an individual patient will respond. In general the longer dilators remain in the cervix, the more it will dilate. Yet the length of time doctors employ osmotic dilators varies. Some may keep dilators in the cervix for two days, while others use dilators for a day or less.

After sufficient dilation the surgical operation can commence. The woman is placed under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. The doctor, often guided by ultrasound, inserts grasping forceps through the woman’s cervix and into the uterus to grab the fetus. The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix and vagina, continuing to pull even after meeting resistance from the cervix. The friction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman. The process of evacuating the fetus piece by piece continues until it has been completely removed. A doctor may make 10 to 15 passes with the forceps to evacuate the fetus in its entirety, though sometimes removal is completed with fewer passes. Once the fetus has been evacuated, the placenta and any remaining fetal material are suctioned or scraped out of the uterus. The doctor examines the different parts to ensure the entire fetal body has been removed.

Some doctors, especially later in the second trimester, may kill the fetus a day or two before performing the surgical evacuation. They inject digoxin or potassium chloride into the fetus, the umbilical cord, or the amniotic fluid. Fetal demise may cause contractions and make greater dilation possible. Once dead, moreover, the fetus’ body will soften, and its removal will be easier.

As gruesome as this is, I think it’s important to consider the language people use in describing such things. Language is something that God has given only to humans, and it is not surprising to find the Scriptures having a lot to say about our words, and how they may be used for good or wickedness.

In Gonzales v. Carhart, Justice Kennedy first refers to baby in womb as an “unborn child,” a startling admission. But it’s not really an admission because when he begins discussing abortion, he refers to the “child” as “the embryonic tissue.” Then when discussing the grizzly procedure described above, you can see that he starts talking about “fetal parts” and the “fetal body.” Kennedy talks about “the life of the fetus that may become a child” and about the fetus as “a living organism while within the womb.” Then he descends into a full-fledged euphemism by describing the child’s death as “fetal demise” and a dead baby as “an expired fetus.” One doctor is quoted as trying to “draw the tissue out” when talking about drawing out a live baby all except for the baby’s head. One doctor said the surgeon “evacuates the skull contents” when he was really talking about puncturing the unborn baby’s skull with scissors and sucking his brains out. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can barely stomach calling a baby’s brains being sucked out “partial birth abortion.” She prefers that we stick with “dilation and extraction” or “intact dilation and extraction” because that’s what “the medical community” likes to call it. Oh.

These are not some nit-picky observations I’m making here. It shows a particular attempt to enshroud, distort, and disguise what’s really going on by a twisted use of language. It is deceit and moral trickery, and it is evil.



Written by Michael Duenes

July 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

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  1. D, I will never, ever, as long as I live, forget something that I heard during my first year of medical school. It wasn’t traumatic or anything, but nevertheless it made a strong impression on me. I attended a talk – a small talk, there were fewer than ten people present – but it was a mock debate between a couple of law students and a couple of medical students about something to do with abortion. Anyway, one of the law students, arguing on the pro-abortion side, was making her case, when all of a sudden…

    … she accidentally referred to the fetus as a baby

    … and when, a split second later, she realized what she’d done, her eyes opened wide, and she clapped her hand over her mouth in embarrassment over what she’d said.

    You see, of course, that she realized that she’d given the game up. She knew as well as any of us that it wasn’t just a “fetus” she was talking about. I’ll never forget watching this transpire.

    Samson J.

    July 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    • The truth will out. It always does.


      russell and duenes

      July 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  2. […] I tried to make this point in greater detail in a series of posts I wrote on the Supreme Court’s partial birth abortion ruling in Gonzales v. Carhart (see here, here and here). […]

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