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December-16-96

Planned Parenthood Opposes New York State Assembly Ban on D&X Abortions

Planned Parenthood Federation of America has come out in strong opposition to a proposed attempt in the New York State Assembly to ban D&X abortions. The legislation does not make an exceptions to save the woman's life and is therefore most likely unconstitutional. It also would send doctors to jail for providing the women with the procedure.

Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood, commented, "We need to remember that, despite medical breakthroughs, there are still tragic instances when a fetus develops without a brain or internal organs. That was the case with Vikki Stella, a diabetic mother of two who was able to end her doomed pregnancy with this safe procedure and then go on to have Nicholas, a healthy baby boy. I do not understand how politicians in Albany could think they know more about Vikki Stella's health than her family and her doctor. These are difficult, personal decisions that belong to families and not the government."

Media Resources: PR Newswire - December 16, 1996


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