The Los Angeles Times is fighting alongside the abortion industry to keep brutal dismemberment abortions legal.
The newspaper editorial board defended the gruesome abortion procedure, in which a second-trimester unborn baby is ripped apart while his/her heart is still beating. The editorial ran this week as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals considers a Texas law banning dismemberment abortions.
“… Texas and a number of other states slapped tough new restrictions on the dilation and evacuation procedure, or D&E, the safest and most common second-trimester abortion, calling it a ‘dismemberment abortion’ and describing the procedure in ghoulish detail,” the editors wrote.
Texas is one of nine states that already have banned dismemberment abortions. However, the abortion industry has challenged many of the laws in court.
The LA Times editors argued that dismemberment abortions, clinically referred to as D&E, are not brutal, and there is no evidence that they are; and pro-life advocates are just trying to “shock” Americans into opposing abortion.
But in the same breath, they admitted that unborn babies’ hearts are beating when they are killed in the brutal abortion procedure.
According to Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, the law is a response to the “brutality” of the D&E procedure. Yet there’s no legitimate medical evidence that anything brutal is going on here. All mainstream medical experts have concluded that the fetus at that stage does not have the neurological capability to feel pain. (Even the law doesn’t argue that it does.) The real intention of this law is to shock the public with its description of how the remains of an aborted fetus are removed from a woman’s body, and thus weaken support for abortion rights.
Granted, the law —part of a package of unnecessary restrictions on abortion enacted in 2017 —does allows doctors to perform a D&E if they first stop the fetal heart by injecting the fetus with a lethal drug in utero or cutting the umbilical cord. But that’s not as simple as it may sound, and it needlessly imperils the mother.
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.
Heather Hacker, a lawyer for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, has argued that animals and convicted murderers have more protections under Texas law than unborn babies.
“A child born at 18 weeks would…still be swaddled and cared for, but at that same age, the child in the womb could have forceps used to rip that child from the womb piece by piece,” Hacker said. “In Texas, no animal is permitted to be killed this way, nor a convicted criminal on death row treated like this.”
But the editors ignored these facts and urged the 5th Circuit judges to block the law, as a lower court judge did last year.
“The 5th Circuit should see a restriction on this common and safe second-trimester procedure as onerous and unlawful, and uphold the injunction,” they argued.
Hopefully, the justices will consider all the facts, not just the ones presented by the abortion industry, and rule in favor of life.