By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
The full Kansas state court of appeals will hear oral argument today in the matter of the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The Act was signed into law April 7, but blocked with a temporary injunction June 25.
The act bars a gruesome method of abortion in which a well-developed, living, unborn child is torn apart with sharp metal tools. The United States Supreme Court has recognized the compelling interest of the State in regulating medical providers to show respect for the unborn child.
The Kansas district court asserted in June that the preferences of abortionists are what define the ‘liberty’ of women and that the legislature cannot in any way protect a well-developed, living unborn child from a barbaric, painful death.
The district court erred in adopting, without question, the legal claim of abortionists that the Kansas pre-Civil War state Constitution be newly interpreted to find a right to abortion that is broader and more extreme than even what the U.S Supreme Court recognizes.
It was a valid act of the Kansas legislature to curb dismemberment abortions, both legally and morally.
The claims of abortionists ring hollow in this age of corrective fetal surgery in the womb, where it is the standard practice of pediatric anesthesiologists to treat unborn children as capable of experiencing acute pain.
The abortion industry is hoping to undermine the federal recognition of the right of states to pass pro-life protective laws.
The ban on dismemberment abortions must be upheld–as was the ban on partial-birth abortions–as an unacceptable practice in civilized society.