By Dave Andrusko
NRL News Today keeps close track of our benighted opposition. In some cases it’s based on the principle that even a broken clock is right twice a day but in other instances you can profit from the coverage found in their lamentations about action in the state legislatures.
We’ve discussed what the Guttmacher Institute—a PPFA spin off—has written both because Guttmacher is the secular bible for reporters and because it often summarizes what is taking place, even if its analysis is folded, bent, and spindled under the weight of pro-abortion spin.
As we move closer and closer to the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, more and more previews of the 2016 state legislative cycle crop up. A friend forwarded a piece by veteran pro-abortion scribe Robin Marty that appeared at care2.com.
There are several points worth highlighting. Marty reminds her readers that the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, already the law in Kansas and Oklahoma, has been or will be soon introduced in Nebraska, West Virginia, and Missouri.
The bill is based on model legislation proposed by National Right to Life (a “legislation mill,” as an unhappy writer for the pro-abortion site rhrealitycheck.org described NRLC).
There is both a keen logic and momentum to introducing the bill which says it’s not okay to use steel tools to tear apart a well-developed unborn child by brute force.
The Supreme Court has already upheld a law banning a specific abortion technique—partial-birth abortions—in 2007.
Dismemberment abortions are every bit as stomach-turning.
Also the definition of the dismemberment abortions being banned largely overlaps with what those in the abortion trade currently refer to as “dilation and evacuation” or “dilation and extraction” (D&E) abortions. The method is commonly used starting at about 14 weeks of pregnancy, and extending into the third trimester.
In his dissent in the 2000 case of Stenberg v. Carhart, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote regarding D&E abortion: “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”
Marty also alludes to an effort in Iowa (there are other states as well) that give funding priority to ”state and county health departments, community health centers, hospitals and physicians offices.” A comparable provision was upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014 in a case involving the state of Kansas.
There is more that can be gleaned from Marty’s post, including her conclusion:
Many legislatures have yet to pre-file bills, or even indicate what sort of laws they will introduce in 2016. Yet the early legislative frenzy already shows that despite an election year on the horizon, abortion opponents are already prepared to make this another big year in restricting pregnant people’s access to legal and safe abortion procedures.
It’s a “frenzy” when pro-lifers introduce the legislation, but a model of decorum and right-thinking when legislators beholding to the Abortion Industry dropped in the hopper?
More tomorrow as we are now only eight days away from the 43rd anniversary of Roe.