By Dave Andrusko
At literally the eleventh hour, the Alabama House last night passed The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act. Tuesday was the final day of this legislative session and “We are pleased that the House was determined to pass the bill this year,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, who directs NRLC’s Department of State Legislation.
“We anticipate Gov. Bentley signing the Act, which has also passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote of 30-2,” Balch added.
This would raise to five the number of states which have the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act on their books: Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Mississippi.
This legislation, which is one of NRLC’s highest priority this year, has also been introduced in Pennsylvania, Minnesota , Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Rhode Island, Utah, and Louisiana.
“It has already passed easily in the Louisiana House,” Balch said, “and it will be taken up soon by the Senate.”
On April 15, Mississippi became the fourth state to ban dismemberment abortions when Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 519. Authored by Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, HB 519 had overwhelming support in the legislature, passing the House of Representatives in February, on a vote of 85-32. and the Senate in March, 40-6.
The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act,is based on model legislation provided by the National Right to Life .
“The killing of fully formed unborn children by tearing them apart piece by piece as they slowly bleed to death is unacceptable and should be outlawed not just in five states, but everywhere,” Balch said.
Indeed, one of the myths supporters have to overcome is the idea that dismemberment abortions to kill relatively undeveloped babies. But as NRLC has explained:
By three weeks and 1 day following fertilization, the unborn child has a beating heart and is making her own blood, often a different blood type than her mother’s. At six weeks, she has brain waves, legs, arms, eyelids, toes, and fingerprints. By eight weeks, every organ (kidneys, liver, brain, etc.) is in place, and even teeth and fingernails have developed. The unborn child can turn her head and even frown. She can kick, swim, and grasp objects placed in her hand. Dismemberment abortions occur after the baby has met these milestones. Any unborn child aborted using the Dismemberment Abortion procedure after 20 weeks would feel the pain of being ripped apart during the abortion.