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AAPS CONDEMNS ABORTION RULING
Contact: Kathryn Serkes (202) 333-3855
June 28, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed an amicus
brief supporting the State of Nebraska's ban on partial birth abortions.
AAPS Executive Director, Jane M. Orient, MD., issues the following statement
in response to today's Supreme Court ruling striking down the ban:
"We are appalled at this ruling. Today's decision allows for the horrific
prospect that outright infanticide is to be tolerated if it appears to
infringe on the presumed right of any woman to have an abortion under any
and all circumstances.
"Previous decisions have upheld the right of the states to regulate medical
procedures. Yet this ruling elevates abortion to such an extraordinarily
privileged procedure that the state cannot protect its most vulnerable
"Partial birth abortion amounts to infanticide of a viable infant in the
process of being born as distinct from a fetus still in the womb. A partial
birth abortion is never necessary to protect the life or health of the
mother and can be clearly distinguished from other procedures.
"If this procedure doesn't make a distinction between abortion and
infanticide, then what would?"
AAPS is a professional association of physicians in all specialties
dedicated to the Oath of Hippocrates and the sanctity of the
patient-physician relationship since 1943.