Abortionist says he has “no” concern for human fetus when crushing the head

Preborn child at 20 weeks gestation, or 22 weeks LMP - a new standard of viability, where the child can live outside the womb.

Testimony from National Abortion Federation, et. al. v. Ashcroft on  Thursday, April 8, 2004.

Excerpts from direct examination of Abortionist Dr. Stephen T. Chasen:

COURT QUESTION: Dr. Chasen, in your experience, how is the fetal head extracted in a dismemberment D&E?

ABORTIONIST DR. CHASEN: The fetal head is extracted by placing the forceps around it and crushing it.

COURT QUESTION: How readily is that — how easy is that to accomplish?

ABORTIONIST DR. CHASEN: In some cases it is relatively easily accomplished and in other cases it is very difficult.

COURT QUESTION: Does it hurt the baby?


COURT QUESTION: But you go ahead and do it anyway, is that right?

ABORTIONIST DR. CHASEN: I am taking care of my patients, and in that process, yes, I go ahead and do it.

COURT QUESTION: Does that mean you take care of your patient and the baby be damned, is that the approach you have?

ABORTIONIST DR. CHASEN: These women who are having [abortions] at gestational ages they are legally entitled to it

COURT QUESTION: I didn’t ask you that, Doctor. I asked you if you had any caring or concern for the fetus whose head you were crushing.


SOURCE: National Abortion Federation, et. al. v. Ashcroft
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
The Honorable Richard Conway Casey, Judge
Friday, April 2, 2004

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