The pic above is of Samuel Alexander Armas, who reached out of a hole in his mother’s womb and clutched his surgeon’s finger during open fetal surgery for spina bifida. Samuel was born, December 2, 1999.
Partial-birth abortions are late second-trimester and early third-trimester abortions, which means the babies killed are 6 to 8 months old — the same age as little Samuel when this pic was taken.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a statewide ban on the homicidal procedure known as partial-birth or late-term abortion — where a baby is delivered in the breech position up to the neck, the base of the baby’s neck is punctured with scissors and the contents of the skull evacuated.
Kathleen Gilbert reports for LifeSiteNews, Oct 13, 2011, that the Partial Birth Abortion Ban is the fruit of a lengthy battle in the state. The law, which was passed in landslide votes in the state legislature last month, will take effect Jan 1.
Partial-birth abortion was nationally banned in a 2003 law signed by President George W. Bush and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007. Barack Obama, who was not a U.S. senator at the time, said he would have joined the 33 senators who voted against the ban.
The first Michigan law to ban partial birth abortion was enacted in 1996, signed by Republican Governor John Engler, but eventually overturned by the federal courts. Two other versions were later enacted, one in 2004 via a statewide petition drive, after Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed the same language that had been passed by the legislature in 2003.
It was January 15, 2004, when Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) President Barbara Listing kicked off “The People’s Override,” a citizen initiative to bypass the Governor’s veto and enact the Legal Birth Definition Act to ban partial birth abortions in Michigan. RLM volunteers across the state collected 460,034 signatures in just three months.
On Oct. 11, 2011, Listing said in a statement:
“Partial Birth Abortion shall be no more in the great state of Michigan. More than 15 years ago the reality of this horrific abortion procedure fist came into the public light. Since that time, prolife citizens have partnered with elected officials to ban partial birth abortions in Michigan. We are celebrating this achievement, not for ourselves, but for our state as a whole. he final step to this journey, Gov. Snyder’s signature, restores a sense of sanity and restores more respect for human life. Michigan joins dozens of other states in declaring that there is no right, constitutional or otherwise, to kill a child inches from complete birth.”