LINCOLN—Nebraska Right to Life’s priority this legislative session will be passage of LB 767, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, introduced by state Senator Tommy Garrett.
“LB 767 would ban a method of abortion which literally rips developing unborn babies limb from limb,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life.
Schmit-Albin noted that in 2010, Nebraska was a leader in stopping late abortions when the state passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which banned abortion at 20 weeks based on an unborn child’s ability to feel pain by that juncture, if not earlier.
“Now Nebraska can join Oklahoma and Kansas by banning this grisly method of abortion which is used on well-form living unborn children,” Schmit-Albin explained.
Bellevue abortionist LeRoy Carhart can no longer do abortions after 20 weeks gestation in Nebraska due to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. However Carhart (who has been involved in two cases which reached the Supreme Court) does continue to abort babies up to 20 weeks in Nebraska. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s Omaha and Lincoln abortion facilities advertise surgical abortion up to 16 weeks, Schmit-Albin said.
“LB 767 has the ability to impact more abortions in Nebraska and to stop the heinous practice of tearing unborn babies to pieces as we have seen in the Center for Medical Progress videos, ” said Schmit-Albin. “LeRoy Carhart, in testimony in Federal District Court leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Stenberg vs. Carhart decision in 2000, described in detail how he dismembers unborn babies.
He said, “I know the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see the fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound.”
“The U.S. Supreme Court recognized in the 2007 Carhart vs. Gonzalez case that states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn babies from death by dismemberment,” said Schmit-Albin. “Nebraska, as a pro-life state, should continue to pass innovative legislation that we believe will ultimately survive a legal challenge.”
National Right to Life drafted the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act which also was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in September, 2015.