Kansas Senate passes first-in-nation ‘dismemberment abortion’ ban

By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life

stopdismembermentGreat news from Kansas. This morning the Kansas Senate approved SB 95, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, by a vote of 31-9.

Crafted to withstand constitutional scrutiny, SB 95 heads to a very receptive Kansas House, where it is expected to pass easily. The bill would then go to pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who promised to sign this bill.

Lead sponsor Sen. Garrett Love (R-Montezuma) began Thursday’s formal discussion on the Senate floor by recounting how members of the Senate Health committee heard an ex-abortionist describe this method

“of tearing the arms, legs, and other body parts off until a baby dies. Hearing the description made myself and many other members of the committee feel sick [especially] when learning nearly 600 such abortions occur each year in Kansas.”

Sen. Love, the “youngest-ever-elected” to the Kansas Senate, discussed his new baby daughter and coming to love her more through her ultrasound imaging at 12 and 19 weeks gestation, the time frame when most dismemberment abortions occur. He said

“people in my generation are outraged by this procedure; they see the sonograms of their friends, family and their own babies on Facebook and realize that in those pictures are little, defenseless babies. They need us to defend them because they cannot defend themselves…This is a truly barbaric practice we must end in Kansas.”

Unfortunately, none of the eight Senate Democrats supported the bill. Only two strident abortion supporters, Marci Francisco (D-Lawrence) and David Haley (D-Kansas City), chose to speak yesterday. Unsurprisingly, neither discussed the dismemberment method per se.

Sen. Francisco took pains not to use the word “dismemberment” and referred to “the procedure” as being very safe for women. She offered one amendment that would have both gutted the bill and eliminated many pro-life provisions enacted over the past five years. Her amendment was strongly rejected.

Sen. Haley riled up his peers by saying SB 95

— would cost too much to defend,

— was purely a political ploy using inflammatory terms of ‘unborn child’ and ‘protection,’ and ‘dismemberment,’

— was advanced by people who are anti-science,

— was improperly being debated by male senators, who have no right to vote on this issue since they can’t ever get pregnant.

He finished by calling himself a defender of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters who should not be restricted from access to ‘healthcare’ –i.e., abortions.

Of course these are all side issues, which were easily and quickly rebutted. Thus, it was clearly demonstrated that in the Kansas Senate, the pro-abortion side has no substantive defense for the barbaric abortion procedure of dismembering living, tiny unborn babies with sharp metal tools.