Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Now Illegal to Rip Babies Limb From Limb in Kansas

Today, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback may have reduced abortions in the state by 8% as he signed into law the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act that outlaws second trimester abortions using dilation and extraction methods (D&E) that remove the “unborn child one piece at a time.” It's the first such law in the nation.

UPDATE 4/15/15: Abortionists Stymied by Laws Outlawing D&E as Oklahoma Law Passes

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

U.S. Abortion Rate Declines: Only 1 In 5 Babies Killed per Pregnancy

75% of U.S. Abortion Clinics Closed: Jan. 2015 vs. 1991

As Pro-life Laws Sweep America, Liberals Battle Back

Abortion Rates Plunge: Liberals Fume, Call for More Access

Gallup Poll: Americans Want Abortion Laws Changed

Also read Federal Appeals Court OKs Kansas Defunding Planned Parenthood

-- From "Brownback signs bill banning abortion procedure" by Jonathan Shorman, Topeka Capital-Journal 4/7/15

That Brownback would sign the bill had not been in serious doubt. The Republican governor has signed about a dozen anti-abortion measures since assuming office in 2011. The Legislature also passed Senate Bill 95 with robust majorities: the House approved 98-26 and the Senate passed 31-9.

In a news release, the governor’s office acknowledged Brownback had signed the legislation, but did not offer further comment in the statement. The governor did offer a brief comment on social media.

“Proud to sign SB95 protecting life at its most vulnerable stage with bipartisan support from #ksleg,” Brownback posted to Twitter.

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From "Kansas lawmakers pass nation’s 1st ban on abortion procedure" by John Hanna, Associated Press Political Writer 3/25/15

The bill redefines dilation and evacuation as “dismemberment abortion” and outlaws it except when necessary to save a woman’s life or prevent irreversible damage to her physical health. Doctors could not use forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces.

Kansas already bans most abortions at or after the 22nd week of pregnancy. But other legislators said Wednesday they want to ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. One anti-abortion group, the Kansas Coalition for Life, is pushing a separate bill to ban suction abortions, which account for more than half of pregnancies terminated in Kansas.

Elsewhere, the Oklahoma House has approved a ban on the procedure and its Senate is expected to debate it next week. Similar bills have been introduced in Missouri and South Carolina.

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From "Kansas legislature approves ban on second trimester abortion procedure" by Brittany Felder, Jurist 3/26/15

The procedure, dilation and evacuation, is used in about 8 percent of all abortions conducted in Kansas. The measure was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, which described the procedure as "brutal."

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From "Kansas abortion bill passes, would break new ground" by Brad Cooper, The Kansas City Star 3/26/15

. . . abortion-rights supporters remain unsure of the impact of the legislation, also under consideration in Missouri and Oklahoma. They could not say whether they would challenge it in court.

“We’ve never seen this language before,” said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues associate for the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. “It’s not medical language, so it’s a little bit difficult to figure out what the language would do.”

. . . the U.S. Supreme Court has signaled it might uphold the ban based on previous cases testing prohibitions of so-called partial-birth abortion, a procedure in which a fetus is partially removed intact from the woman’s body before being terminated.

Other methods for performing a second trimester abortion include inducing labor or using a technique where medicine is used to terminate the pregnancy.

In Missouri, [the dismemberment procedure] was used in 629 out of 5,624 abortions during 2012, state figures show.

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From "Kansas Passes Pro-Life Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb" by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com 3/25/15

D&E dismemberment abortions are as brutal as the partial-birth abortion method, which is now illegal in the United States and which was upheld in the Supreme Court. But would such an abortion ban be constitutional given the Roe v. Wade decision? National Right to Life points to the high court’s ruling in the partial-birth abortion case as grounds for banning dismemberment abortions too.

In his dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, Justice Kennedy observed that in D&E dismemberment abortions, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.” Justice Kennedy added in the Court’s 2007 opinion, Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion, that D&E abortions are “laden with the power to devalue human life…”

“When abortion textbooks describe in cold, explicit detail exactly how to kill a human being by ripping off arms and legs piece by piece, civilized members of society have no choice but to stand up and demand a change,” added [National Right to Life Director of State Legislation Mary] Spaulding Balch. “When you think it can’t be uglier, the abortion industry continues to shock with violent methods of abortion.”

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