WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 /Christian Newswire/ -- Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden were among a group of Senators who could not bring themselves to answer a simple question posed by Fr. Frank Pavone recently. Quoting descriptions of how abortion procedures are performed, and using the words of abortion practitioners in their medical textbooks and court testimonies, as well as the words of the US Supreme Court, Fr. Pavone asked key aides to the Senators to bring them the question, "When you say 'abortion,' is this what you mean?"
Accompanying Fr. Pavone in asking this question was Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., and several other leaders of Priests for Life.
The Priests for Life team gave the Senators' offices six weeks to give a response, but neither in the personal meeting nor through subsequent communication was any response received.
"To vigorously support the right to choose abortion, as these Senators do, and then to be unable to admit what it is, demonstrates a gross failure either in understanding what they support or in being honest with the American people about it. In other words, it's a gross failure of leadership," Fr. Pavone concluded.
Among quotes used are the following; for more information, see www.priestsforlife.org/isthiswhatyoumean
First Trimester Suction Abortion
Question: "Can the heart of a fetus or embryo still be beating during a suction curettage abortion as the fetus or embryo comes down the cannula? "
Answer: "For a few seconds to a minute, yes."
(Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
(Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Harlan Raymond Giles, an abortionist. He describes legal activity.)
Second Trimester D and E Abortion
"We would attack the lower part of the lower extremity first, remove, you know, possibly a foot, then the lower leg at the knee and then finally we get to the hip. ...Typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece..."
(Sworn testimony given in above case by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist. He describes legal activity.)
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org .