Vogue Magazine Under Fire for Promoting Partial-Birth Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 11,

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Vogue magazine is striking a pose in its January issue with an article glorifying a woman who had a partial-birth abortion and including a picture of her and her daughter wearing the latest fashions. Pro-life advocates complain the story makes the gruesome three-day-long abortion procedure seem fashionable.

In its story, "Private Lives," the magazine claims Greenwich Village New York resident Lot Campbell faced a complicated pregnancy and her doctors advised her to have the abortion.

That is the abortion procedure that doctors have said is never medically necessary and that its inventor, Ohio abortion practitioner Martin Haskell, admitted in the early 1990s that he did on mostly healthy women and healthy babies.

It involves the partial birthing of an unborn child in the second trimester of pregnancy, turning the body around in the uterus, and jamming scissors in the back of her head to cause her death before finishing the birthing process.

Congress prohibited the abortion procedure in 2003 and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban last April.

In the article, Campbell describes how her water broke 22 weeks into the pregnancy and that her doctors claimed the baby would not survive.

Campbell’s life and health were never in jeopardy but she justifies the abortion by saying that she wanted to spare the baby from more pain.

"I chose what I believe was the path of least suffering, for myself, my husband, our future children, and mostly for the baby inside me," she says.

Campbell also complains about the term partial-birth abortion — something she calls "inherently judgmental."

"A partial-birth abortion, if you must call it that. One born out of love," she explained.

"How can I agree to a partial-birth abortion and not feel like a bad person? Yep, that’s a tough one. It preys on women in a weakened state – women who already likely believe they are ‘bad’ because they have failed as mothers," Campbell adds.

Commenting on the story, one pro-life blogger called it "revolting."

"Cleverly marketing legal abortion as a boon to women’s emancipation has been the most important task of the abortion industry and lobby for thirty years," the blogger wrote. "In this month’s edition, the gruesome procedure of partial birth abortion has been given a style makeover by the world’s most influential fashion magazine, Vogue."

The blogger said that, despite what name Vogue chooses to use for the abortion procedure, "You can’t change what it is — ending a baby’s life."

ACTION: Speak out on the Vogue article by emailing [email protected] or participate in the Vogue online forum at https://boards.style.com/forum.jspa?forumID=4.