North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 10, 2019   |   6:52PM   |   Bismarck, North Dakota

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum today signed a bill to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.

The new law prohibits dismemberment abortions, a method typically used in the second trimester to kill nearly fully-formed, living unborn babies. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn baby is ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces while his or her heart is still beating.

The dismemberment abortion ban embodies model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee that would prohibit “dismemberment abortion,” using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a living unborn baby to remove him or her from the womb in pieces. Such instruments typically are used in dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedures.

HB 1546 passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature. Here’s more:

Burgum’s spokesman, Mike Nowatzki, says the first-term Republican governor signed the bill Wednesday outlawing the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. The bill uses the non-medical term “human dismemberment abortion” to describe the second-trimester procedure.

Doctors performing the procedure could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The bill becomes effective if a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court allows its enforcement.

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“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.’”