Florida House passes ban on Dismemberment Abortions 72-42

By Dave Andrusko

Florida State Rep. Erin Grall

By an overwhelming 72-42 margin, Florida’s House of Representatives Thursday approved HB1429, a bill which would outlaw the savage procedure of killing a living unborn child by ripping and tearing the baby apart limb by limb. The ban on dismemberment abortions was passed almost exclusively along party lines with all but three Republicans voting in favor and all but two Democrats voting against.

The bill now moves to the Senate where SB 1890 is sponsored by Sen. Debbie Mayfield.

The action came the same day that the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee moved the bill to ban dismemberment abortions on to the full Senate. H3458 overwhelmingly passed last year in the state House.

Pro-abortion Florida state Rep. Amy Mercado said the measure would present “substantial obstacles” to a woman’s right to an abortion under federal and state law, according to News4.

But pro-life Florida State Rep. Erin Grall, the bill’s sponsor, said

“Let us remind ourselves of our humanity and make sure we do not tear a child apart in the womb just because they cannot articulate their pain.”

The Associated Press reported

The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration reports 69,770 abortions were performed in 2016, with 5,192 (7.4 percent) occurring in the second trimester (13 to 24 weeks).

Eight states have already passed bans on dismemberment abortions: Kansas (2015); Oklahoma (2015); West Virginia (2016); Mississippi (2016); Alabama (2016); Louisiana (2016); Arkansas (2017); and Texas (2017).

Dismemberment abortions are mind-boggling savage. Here is how NRLC’s Department of State Legislation describes them:

Dismemberment abortion is a brutal type of abortion with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract him or her one piece at a time from the uterus through use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, and /or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off.

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