The Painful Reality of Dismemberment Abortions

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director. Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Reality TV can reveal some painful realities at times.

I was recently watching a reality television show in which cast members grimaced as they listened to a description of the barbaric mistreatment of canines in a foreign country. The act of depravity being described was truly dreadful. It was commendable that one of the program’s leading ladies was trying to draw attention to the animal cruelty in an effort to end it.

But I couldn’t help thinking–what if a reality show cast was filmed while hearing this description:

“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.”

These chilling words are derived from the U.S. Supreme Court case Stenberg v. Carhart. They describe a dismemberment abortion. The quotation continues:

“Dr. Carhart [the abortionist] agreed that ‘[w]hen you pull out a piece of the fetus, let’s say, an arm or a leg and remove that, at the time just prior to removal of the portion of the fetus, … the fetus [is] alive.’ Dr. Carhart has observed fetal heartbeat via ultrasound with ‘extensive parts of the fetus removed,’ and testified that mere dismemberment of a limb does not always cause death because he knows of a physician who removed the arm of a fetus only to have the fetus go on to be born ‘as a living child with one arm.’ At the conclusion of a D&E abortion no intact fetus remains. In Dr. Carhart’s words, the abortionist is left with ‘a tray full of pieces.’”

It’s a grisly practice that should never be performed in a civilized society. The intent of Senate Bill 3, which has passed the Pennsylvania Senate and is pending in the PA House of Representatives, is to ban horrific dismemberment abortions.

The bill would also change the legal limit on abortions in PA from six months’ to five months’ gestation to reflect advanced medical technology that can save babies at earlier stages of development.

Call your representative in the PA House. If you don’t know who your representative is, or you need contact information, please visit www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address. Tell your representative you want to see brutal dismemberment abortions banned–once and for all.

If we can’t stand hearing the description of a dismemberment abortion, our Commonwealth should not tolerate it. A child in the womb should never be subjected to this kind of horror…and the child’s mother should not have to undergo the unspeakable pain of losing a child to such lethal abuse.

Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and is reposted with permission.