The Planned Parenthood abortion business has sued the state of Ohio to keep being able to do 2nd-trimester dismemberment abortions that tear babies limb from limb.
Today, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and others filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Region of Ohio, attempting to stop the Dismemberment Abortion Ban from going into effect in March. This law was signed by former Governor John Kasich in December 2018.
Dismemberment abortion, otherwise known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), 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. In 2017, the Ohio Department of Health reported nearly 3,500 D&E abortions in the state of Ohio.
Hoping to block the law from taking effect, Planned Parenthood and Women’s Med Center of Dayton filed a lawsuit on Thursday. The complaint alleges that Ohio’s law would violate the due process rights of women seeking abortions.
“The (law) would unduly burden women’s constitutional right to choose an abortion by barring D&E, the safest and most common method of abortion beginning at approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy,” attorneys wrote in the federal complaint. The proposed law has no exception for rape or incest but does allow for an abortion to save a woman’s life.
In a dilation and evacuation abortion, a woman’s cervix is dilated then surgical instruments, such as forceps, are used to remove the fetus and uterine lining. In 2017, the method was used in 3,441 abortions – nearly one of every six performed in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s report.
Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life, told LifeNews he was disappointed but not surprised by the news:
Ohio Right to Life is frustrated but not surprised that Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities decided to sue on the Dismemberment Abortion Ban. This law, should it go into effect, would prohibit the barbaric dismemberment abortion procedure, in which an abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix, and then uses steel instruments to dismember the living, unborn baby. It’s hard to imagine how Planned Parenthood could be in support of a procedure which allows living unborn babies to be ripped limb from limb. This horrendous procedure took place over 3,500 times in Ohio in 2017. At what point will the court reject Planned Parenthood’s frivolous lawsuits?
The Ohio Legislature approved the Dismemberment Abortion Ban (S.B. 145), with the Ohio House voted 62-27 in favor of the ban and the Senate concurred by a vote of 23-9.
Dismemberment abortions, also known as dilation and evacuation abortions, typically occur between 13 to 24 weeks of pregnancy when an unborn baby is nearly fully formed with fingers, toes and all of his/her major organs in place. During a D&E procedure, a woman’s cervix is dilated and the unborn child is ripped apart in the womb with forceps, clamps or similar surgical instruments, and then suctioned out of the womb while their heart is still beating.
Under the law, abortion practitioners could be charged with a fourth-degree felony for performing dismemberment abortions. This could result in up to 18 months in prison. There are exceptions to the bill, such as allowing the procedure if the life of the mother is at risk, or if there is the possibility of impairing a major bodily function.
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