Pro-Abortion Attorney Tells Congress a Dismemberment Abortion is a “Humane Procedure”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 9, 2015   |   3:08PM   |   Washington, DC

During a Congressional hearing today, a prominent pro-abortion attorney told Congress she thinks dismemberment abortions are “humane” procedures.

Today was the first hearing in Congress’ multi-committee investigation of the Planned Parenthood abortion business after a series of nine videos exposed how it is potentially illegally selling aborted babies and profiting from the sales. The committee heard from Priscilla Smith, an ardent abortion advocate who is the director of Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. But Smith is better-known as the attorney who defended partial-birth abortions at the Supreme Court, which eventually upheld a ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.

During questions from members of the panel, Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte read to Smith a portion of the Supreme Court decision describing a dismemberment abortion procedure during which the limbs of the unborn baby are torn off and the baby is dismembered and pulled apart. An image of the steps of the abortion procedure appears below:


After reading the description of the abortion procedure, Congressman Goodlatte asked Smith, “Do you believe this is a humane way to die?”

In the video below, Smith hems and haws about whether the unborn baby is viable, but Goodlatte interjects that the Supreme Court discussed this abortion procedure happened to a baby who was eventually born alive but missing an arm because of a unsuccessful abortion.

Eventually, Smith finally answered: “Yes, a D&E procedure is a very humane procedure.”