Last year state legislators overwhelmingly overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto, allowing The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to become law. As the new 60-day session begins, West Virginians for Life (WVFL) is hoping the state’s legislative body will pick up where it left off and pass another pro-life bill.
This time around, WVFL is seeking passage of a Dismemberment Abortion Ban. Recent undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress have shown high-ranking executives of Planned Parenthood abortionists casually discussing the way that they can dismember babies to obtain intact fetal body parts such as heads, hearts, lungs and livers, which can then be sold.
West Virginians for Life wants to protect our babies from these barbaric dismemberment abortions by passing The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (S.B. 10/H.B. 4004), which will ban this particular abortion procedure. This bill is already law in Kansas and Oklahoma.
What is a Dismemberment abortion?
S.B. 10/H.B. 4004 would outlaw a form of abortion that uses a variety of sharp-edged metal clamps and tools. Like the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, it bans a particular type of abortion technique.
This particularly barbaric form of abortion is one that is commonly used when the baby in the womb is between 14 and 24 weeks. Dismemberment abortion is defined in the law as “purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract him or her one piece at a time from the uterus.”
“We need to eliminate this practice that could lead to the sale of baby body parts wherever that may occur,” said WVFL President Dr. Wanda Franz. “Passing this law would prevent abortionists from doing the type of abortion that allows them to harvest baby body parts as described in the undercover videos.”
According to S.B. 10 lead sponsor, Senator Dave Sypolt, “Dismemberment abortion is a barbaric practice that we wouldn’t even do to a criminal. It’s time we protect West Virginia’s children from the violent procedure.
H.B. 4004 lead sponsor Delegate Lynne Arvon said, “This is a commonsense follow-up to what we’ve seen in our country with Planned Parenthood this past year. I’d like to see our state continue moving forward from what we did last year to protect West Virginia’s babies.”