Arkansas lawmaker introduces measure to ban dismemberment abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Arkansas State Rep. Andy Mayberry

Arkansas State Rep. Andy Mayberry

Arkansas, which has been very aggressive in its pro-life outreach, has filed a bill in the state House that would ban the grisly practice of dismemberment abortions. Six states currently forbid an abortion “technique” that uses sharp metal clamps and scissors to crush, tear and pulverize living unborn human beings, to rip heads and legs off of tiny torsos until the defenseless child bleeds to death.

“NRLC is delighted that Arkansas will soon join Kansas and Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana as states that have said no to dismemberment abortions,” said Ingrid Duran, NRLC’s director of State Legislation. “This extremely gruesome and barbaric procedure physically dismembers living unborn babies and is abhorrent.”

Arkansas is also one of 14 states that have passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which protects unborn babies who are pain-capable and would suffer excruciating deaths as they are killed.

House Bill 1032 was filed Monday by state Rep. Andy Mayberry. According to Arkansas Online, Mayberry “crafted” the bill that became the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2013.

“The bill became law after the General Assembly overrode a veto by Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat,” reporter John Moritz wrote.

Mayberry told Moritiz that HB1032, is based on model legislation provided by National Right to Life.

Pro-abortionists, as always, were in high dudgeon. Laura McQuade is president of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, one of PPFA’s largest affiliates. Planned Parenthood Great Plains conducts abortions at clinics in Fayetteville and Little Rock.

“Make no mistake, House Bill 1032 is an ideological attack designed to shame and stigmatize safe and legal abortion,” McQuade said in a statement released Monday. “Planned Parenthood Great Plains provides high-quality abortion care and will fight all attempts by politicians to intervene in private medical decisions where patients believe only licensed medical providers should be advising them.”

Rita Sklar, the executive director of the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, huffed and puffed and said Mayberry’s proposed ban “would fly in the face of [U.S.] Supreme Court precedent.”

“Declining to threaten a legal challenge should the bill pass, Sklar said her group would focus on opposing the bill during the next session of the General Assembly, which begins in January,” according to Moritz.