North Dakota and Indiana are poised to become the 11th and 12th states to ban the hideous practice of dismembering living unborn children.
On Friday, after the North Dakota overwhelmingly passed its ban on a bipartisan vote of 39-7, HB 1546 was sent back to the House for minor “tweaks” and then was forwarded to Gov. Doug Burgum.
As NRL News Today reported, the governor has already signed HB 1336. The Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill requires abortion facilities to provide information to any woman seeking an abortion about how she can potentially save her baby if she changes her mind after taking the first medication, but not the second.
In Indiana the House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1211 on February 21. Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 in favor of the bill, which now heads to the full Senate for its consideration.
John Hageman, reporting for Forum News Service, explained that pro-abortion Democratic members of the North Dakota Senate complained that the specific terminology of House Bill 1546 would turn state law into a “graphic novel.”
In fact, the explanation is mild compared to the reality of an abortionist dilating a woman’s cervix and then using scissors, forceps or clamps to rip apart a living unborn child who bleeds to death.
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Hageman quotes Sen. Janne Myrdal, who
said it was a “historical necessity” to spell out the abortion method in state law, likening it to people’s negative reactions to images of the Ku Klux Klan or the Holocaust.
“Through history, sometimes mankind and humanity, we need to see the gruesomeness of something before we stop and go, ‘Whoa, that should not occur,’” she said.
“Banning the brutal dismemberment abortion technique is among NRLC’s highest legislative priorities,” said Ingrid Duran, director of State Legislation. HB 1546 builds on the precedent set by the Supreme Court in the famous case on partial-birth abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart,” she noted.
“Dismemberment abortion, like partial-birth abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips a living child apart limb from limb.
Duran added. “In Carhart, the Supreme Court said, ‘No one would dispute that, for many, D & E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.’”
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.