By Dave Andrusko
And then there were (almost) two. As I was putting the finishing touches on Wednesday’s edition of National Right to Life News Today I was notified that the Oklahoma Senate had overwhelmingly passed the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, 37-4. The House had already passed the measure, on an equally overwhelming vote, last February, 84-2. It now goes to the welcoming hands of Gov. Mary Fallin.
Yesterday morning, at 8 am, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB 95, the first in the nation bill to ban dismemberment abortions. Kansans for Life says, “To commemorate this ground-breaking measure, Gov. Brownback will travel across Kansas for ceremonial signings of the bill on April 28.”
Gov. Brownback said it all when he told those assembled for the historic occasion, “This is a horrific procedure and we are pleased to ban it in Kansas and we hope it will be banned nationally.”
In the days to come we will discuss the Oklahoma bill at greater length. Let me just say this for now.
I will probably never forget when Oklahomans For Life State Chairman Tony Lauinger told me that
“the bill’s opponents refused to debate against the bill, thus depriving the sponsor (under Oklahoma House rules) of the opportunity to debate in favor of her bill and thereby make the public aware of the gruesome reality of dismemberment abortion.”
Even those pro-abortion Democrats who march in lockstep with NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and EMILY’s List blanch–not the prospect of at severing arms and legs–but of talking about the savagery.
What a bunch.