Every year more than 1,000 innocent unborn children in Louisiana have been victims of an inhumane practice called dismemberment abortion. The abortion method, which is a subset of D&E, or "dilatation and evacuation" abortions, involves dilating a woman's cervix, vacuuming the amniotic fluid that surrounds the child, and then introducing an instrument which is used to grasp and pull the child out piece by piece. The child is alive during this torturous process and dies of bleeding out during the dismemberment.
But this year, the Louisiana Legislature did something about it. HB 1081, the Louisiana Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act authored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier, easily passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards on May 26. Now known as Act 264, this law ends this brutal practice.
Now it is time to see this legislation passed at the federal level. HB 3515 was introduced in the U.S. House last fall, but the bill has not progressed.
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To better understand its brutality, consider this description by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, given in the 2007 case Gonzales v. Carhart: "(F)riction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman." In a dissent in the 2000 case Stenberg v. Carhart, he also said: "The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb."
Leroy Carhart, the abortionist who challenged the partial birth abortion ban said in testimony leading up to Stenberg v. Carhart, "...(W)hen you rupture the membranes, an arm will spontaneously fall out through the vaginal opening ...My normal course would be to dismember that appendage and then go back and try to take the fetus out whether foot or skull first, whatever end I can get to first."
When asked how he performed this "dismemberment," he replied: "Just pulling and rotation, grasping the portion that you can get hold of which would be usually somewhere up the shaft of the exposed portion of the fetus, pulling down on it through the opening, using the internal opening (of the uterus) as your counter-traction and rotating to dismember the shoulder or the hip or whatever it would be."
Then he explained that "Sometimes you will get one leg and you can't get the other leg out." The attorney next asks: "In that situation, when you pull on the arm and remove it, is the fetus still alive?" Carhart answers: "Yes." He adds: "I know that the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound."
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