Protecting Unborn Children from Dismemberment Abortions
In his dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, Justice Kennedy observed that in D&E dismemberment abortions, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.” Justice Kennedy added in the Court’s 2007 opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart that D&E abortions are “laden with the power to devalue human life…”
In January 2015, Kansas State Sen. Garrett Love introduced the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, a bill that would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions.
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Factsheet: Dismemberment Abortion Bans -- updated September 6, 2017
Release: Kansas Becomes the First State to Enact Groundbreaking Dismemberment Abortion Ban - April 7, 2015
Release: Groundbreaking Dismemberment Abortion Ban in Kansas Kicks Off Right to Life Movement's 2015 Legislative Agenda - January 14, 2015
Legal Memorandum: Constitutionality of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act [PDF] - January 2015