Partial Birth Abortion 1997

The National Association of Evangelicals affirms the declarations of Scripture that all human life is a sacred gift from a sovereign God. Therefore, partial-birth abortion is a great moral wrong. American Catholic Cardinals have correctly characterized this inhumane procedure as “more akin to infanticide than abortion.” 

Partial-birth abortion is a horrific “medical procedure” that takes the life of a child in a way scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages. Indeed, it is a practice totally unworthy of a civilized nation. With Jefferson, we tremble for our country when we reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.

The President of the United States vetoed legislation in the 104th Congress banning partial-birth abortion. He offered as a “justification” for his action that he had determined that he could not sign the legislation unless it contained an exception for cases where there might be “serious health consequences to the mother”. However, as observed in a resolution of the Southern Baptist Convention, “the mother’s health exception’ has been completely discredited as a catch-all loophole which has been demonstrated to include any reason the mother so desires.” Moreover, in a letter to all members of Congress last year, numerous doctors stated that the partial-birth abortion procedure is never medically indicated.

We appeal to the Congress to enact legislation once more to combat what any civilized people, familiar with the grisly details of partial-birth abortion, should only consider morally wrong. Moreover, if the President again ignores the will of the people and persists in vetoing this legislation a second time, we call on every member of Congress to override that wrongful veto.

We appeal to President Clinton to support a ban on partial-birth abortion, not only the third trimester, but at any time, especially because the recent revelations of Ron Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, plainly demonstrate that the President was intentionally misled before his veto last year.

It is time for all who love life to join together as fellow. Americans and heal this national wound, lest this moral disgrace continue unabated.