Texas Senate Committee votes to ban dismemberment abortions

If measure becomes law, Texas would be 8th state

By Dave Andrusko

Texas State Sen. Charles Perry

Texas State Sen. Charles Perry

Texas took the first step yesterday in becoming the eighth state to ban dismemberment abortions, when the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 415.

Authored by state Sen. Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), SB415, is part of an aggressive pro-life agenda. The bill now moves to the full Senate.

Another measure, Senate Bill 258, will be heard later. It would require the remains of an aborted baby to be buried or cremated, which would codify a department rule change that abortion forces are already fighting in the courts.

According to Texas Right to Life, The Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban “outlaws the barbaric and inhumane procedure that ends the life of a living, conscious preborn child by ripping her from limb to limb. The goal of this violent procedure, like other abortion procedures, is to deliberately end human life.”

Seven states have already banned this gruesome practice: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

The Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act was reintroduced in February by Rep. Chris Smith. It was introduced last year in the Senate by pro-life Senator James Lankford (R-Ok.) and in the House by Rep. Smith (R-N.J.), a veteran legislator who is co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, with Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and Trent Franks (R-Az.) as original cosponsors. The bill is based on model legislation provided by NRLC.