South Carolina Bill Would Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 1, 2018   |   9:06AM   |   Columbia, SC

The South Carolina Senate is scheduled to debate a bill Tuesday to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions that tear them from limb while their hearts are beating.

State legislators advanced the Unborn Child Protection Against Dismemberment Abortion Act (HB 3548) on Thursday in the Senate, Greenville News reports. The bill is extremely contentious, and pro-abortion Democrats are threatening to filibuster, according to the report.

The bill would prohibit dismemberment abortions in the state. 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.

“If an abortionist did to a pregnant dog what he does to a living unborn baby, he’d be charged with cruelty to animals,” said Holly Gatling, executive director of South Carolina Citizens for Life in an email. “Yet an abortionist is paid to dismember living unborn children.”

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Senate Democrats promptly threatened to filibuster the bill for the next six legislative days until the General Assembly adjourns on May 10, the minority party’s only option to keep the proposal from becoming state law.

Unless Republicans can muster the three-fifths majority needed to end the filibuster, the vote-stalling strategy likely will keep several other important bills from passing this year, including a handful addressing South Carolina’s nuclear fiasco.

“If this is how we want to end this session, this is how we’ll end this session,” state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, warned from the Senate floor Thursday. “I submit to you that there are a lot of other important matters that face this state.” …

Senate Transportation Committee chairman Larry Grooms, the Berkeley Republican who led the push to start debate on the “dismemberment” ban, said ripping unborn children apart is dehumanizing and shouldn’t be tolerated.

“We treat animals in the slaughterhouses better than we treat unborn children,” Grooms said.

Gatling said Planned Parenthood has been lobbying aggressively against the bill. In February, the abortion group held a rally to protest the legislation.

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“What is the difference between the pro-life view of dismemberment abortion and the pro-abortion view? We, the pro-life community, put the baby in the picture,” she said. “The abortion industry leaves the baby out. Pro-aborts want no baby in the picture. No baby in the debate. No baby in the law.”

During a Senate committee meeting in February, 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.”

Dismemberment abortion is a procedure in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus. The procedure is usually performed between 11 and 24 weeks LMP, when the baby is somewhere between the size of a lemon and a cantaloupe.

By 11 weeks, unborn babies already have fingers and toes, heartbeats and detectable brain waves. They can respond to touch, yawn, suck their thumbs and even show signs of being right or left handed.

A handful of states already have dismemberment abortion bans. In 2017, however, a federal judge blocked the Texas law, claiming it is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood is involved in the lawsuit; however, the state is appealing.

Action: Contact lawmakers here.