Planned Parenthood led a rally Tuesday in South Carolina to demand that dismemberment abortions on nearly fully formed, living unborn babies remain legal.
Abortion activists described legislation banning the inhumane procedure as “dangerous, heinous, hurtful and extreme,” Greenville Online reports.
State legislators advanced the Unborn Child Protection Against Dismemberment Abortion Act (HB 3548) in the Senate in February. The bill would protect nearly fully formed unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions. These types of abortions typically happen in the second trimester and involve tearing the unborn baby limb from limb while their heart is still beating.
During a Senate committee meeting, Dr. Marc Chetta, a physician and professor at Bob Jones University, graphically described how abortionists rip the arms and legs from the unborn baby so that he/she bleeds to death.
He said if he performed a similar procedure on a pregnant dog, he would be charged with cruelty to animals. “Yet we celebrate this in the U.S. and pay people to do it.”
Abortion activists demanded continued access to dismemberment abortions Tuesday in the capital.
“I’m tired of being ashamed of my state’s policies,” abortion activist Erica Stine said. “And I don’t want to see any woman deal with the results of these bills. We don’t have to meet the sub-par expectations the rest of the country has for us.”
Stine was one of several women who shared their abortion stories at the rally.
Vicki Ringer, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood South Carolina, described the bill as “dangerous” because of women like Marta Bliese.
According to the report:
Marta Bliese, who said she had to decide what to do when she discovered she had thyroid cancer after learning she was pregnant, said the “smart” decision then would have been to have an abortion. But she said she wanted to live and for her child to live, so she decided to wait and see how each situation progressed.
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Had the current law banning abortions after 20 weeks or the pending bill banning dismemberment been enacted then, she said that might have caused her to choose abortion early in the process because she would not have wanted to gamble on her own life or on her child being born with problems.
“I can say without a doubt my daughter would not have been born if the restrictive abortion law in South Carolina had passed or is considering passing had been in place at the time of my story,” she said.
Not only were Bliese’s claims inaccurate (the bill includes exceptions when the mother’s life is at stake), they also were hypocritical. She used her living, valuable daughter as an example of why she believes other babies are not valuable enough to protect from being dismembered alive.
Another abortion activist, Unitarian Universalist pastor Jeff Liebmann, ironically claimed abortion restrictions “reflect ancient and outmoded views of women as lesser creatures.”
But his own claim is what truly demeans women. An underlying belief of the pro-abortion movement is that women are not strong enough or capable enough to raise a child. To get ahead, to be equal to men, women must be allowed to kill their own flesh and blood in cruel and barbaric ways.
In contrast, pro-life advocates think women and their babies both are valuable human beings who deserve protections and support. They do not treat pregnancy as a disease or mothers as a burden, but instead respect women as the powerful, life-giving human beings who they are. And they recognize that unborn babies are not “lesser creatures” but unique, living human beings who deserve a right to life.