Original Proposal – Third-Trimester Abortions – Dec. 11th


(1) The text of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.
(2) The Wikipedia article on Dr. Kermit Gosnell.


Our next meeting is Wed evening, December 11th. Unfortunately, we expect to be able to show the movie, After Tiller, before our meeting and -- (1) we are not permitted to show it at the Salt Lake Public Library where our meetings normally take place (we will meet at the nearby home of two of our regular members), and (2) we are not permitted to show it to the public (accordingly only our regular members will be permitted to attend).

Suggested Reference Materials are After Tiller, the movie, the Wikipedia article on Dr. Kermit Gosnell which is posted on http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org, the text of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade which is also posted, and any other materials that our participants decide to post.

"After Tiller explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients." The movie, which is no longer playing at the Broadway Theatre, presents quite well the view that third-trimester abortions are purely a matter between solely a woman and her doctor.

On the other side of the issue is a massive amount of material published about the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell who was convicted on 3 murder charges and 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortions which are illegal in Pennsylvania as well as many other states.

As of 10/1/2013, 41 states prohibit abortion after a certain point in the pregnancy -- 21 at fetal viability, 4 in the third trimester, 8 after a certain number of weeks (generally 24 or during the third trimester), and 8 after 20 weeks post-fertilization (or 22 weeks after the last menstrual cycle) on the grounds that the fetus can feel pain after that point.

The US Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade permits states to prohibit third-trimester abortions so long as there are certain exceptions (such as preserving the life of the mother). Accordingly, the Supreme Court will probably soon hear a case from one of the 8 states that prohibit abortions after 22 weeks when fetuses are able to feel pain (24 is the beginning of the third trimester).

Standard procedure for third-trimester abortions per After Tiller is, Step 1, a lethal injection to the heart of the fetus, because natural childbirth (albeit of a dead fetus) is the best way to safeguard the mother's ability to have children in the future.

[Accordingly, one wonders why Dr. Gosnell was "snipping spinal cords" of live viable babies after childbirth, which was the basis of the 3 murder convictions!!!]

(RSVP to ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com)

If you are one of our regular members, please RSVP to indicate whether you plan to attend so that our hosts, two of our regular members, know for how many attendees to plan.

And whether you would like to see After Tiller immediately prior to our Dec 11th meeting (its running time is 85 minutes, so we plan to show it beginning 5:30 pm to finish by our regular starting time of 7:00 pm).
New Topic
  • Topics
    Last post
New Topic

Return to Board Index

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Forum permissions

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You can post attachments in this forum