Pro-abortion Gov. Wolf would protect this heinous practice

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director. Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Pro-abortion Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Pro-abortion Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

I started to describe this heinous practice to a woman—the mother of a daughter who had been born prematurely—who literally trembled at the description. What was it?

It was the same painfully accurate language that Pennsylvania state Senator Michele Brooks used on the floor of the Senate, when she explained the act of complete callousness that upwards of 2/3rds of Pennsylvanians want to see outlawed.

It’s a method, Brooks explains, that is used by abortionists to “end the life of a six-month-old (preborn) baby” by “tearing (her) legs and arms apart from (her) body so (she) bleeds to death.”

As the legislator succinctly stated, “Regardless of what side of the (abortion) issue a person is on, how can we possibly say that this is humane?”

Brooks was talking about Senate Bill 3, which would ban the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion.

Even to describe this gruesome act which causes the death of an unborn child is to invite nightmares. This abortion “technique” dismembers a baby and extracts the child “one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.”

The legislation would also change the legal limit for abortions in Pennsylvania from six months’ to five months’ gestation to acknowledge the medical advances that have been made in saving premature infants.

SB3 recently passed the state Senate by a whopping 32-18 margin. This vote accurately reflects the large support a dismemberment ban has in the Keystone State.

A statewide poll showed that the vast majority of Pennsylvanians—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—support a ban. Most women surveyed back the ban—in fact, 64% of female respondents approved.

The poll showed a dismemberment ban has the support of a majority of residents in all the major metropolitan areas of Pennsylvania—including Philadelphia, home to the notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is now serving life sentences for killing three full-term babies by delivering them alive then “snipping” their spinal cords. Gosnell was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar, who died from an overdose of anesthesia administered by Gosnell’s woefully under-trained staff.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Turzai, wants to see a dismemberment ban delivered to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk. And it should not be difficult, given that last session, the House passed a similar measure by a huge, bipartisan margin (132-65).

It is important to note that both the sponsor of the Senate bill, Sen. Brooks, and the prime sponsor of last session’s House version, Rep. Kathy Rapp, are female. This demonstrates quite clearly the depth of support among Pennsylvania women for a ban on the unconscionable practice.

Meanwhile, pro-abortion Gov. Wolf has been circling the state, holding news conferences with representatives of the abortion industry and their allies. He is threatening to veto a ban on brutal dismemberment abortions. This should not be surprising, since Wolf himself once served as a clinic escort for a Planned Parenthood facility.

Wolf suggests his aim is not political (he is, after all, up for re-election next year), but medical. Yet, Senate Bill 3 provides exceptions to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or “the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the woman.”

How is this for unintended irony? The Governor’s website touts the importance of early childhood education. And yet Gov. Wolf now is campaigning against a bill that would prevent those same children from being torn limb by limb from their mothers’ wombs—never to have the chance to read, to write, or to dream.

As one Facebook user who had been branded with a poor prenatal diagnosis said, “Before I was even born…Mom was told just abort him. He’ll be too costly. He will always be in and out of hospitals. He will never walk, talk. He will be blind.

“Guess what? The doctors were wrong about me never walking, talking, and being blind.

“Yes, I have been in and out of hospitals my whole life, but (I am) glad to be alive.”

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