Dismemberment ban passes Indiana Senate committee, on to full Senate

HB 1211 has already passed in the House

By Dave Andrusko

On February 21, the Indiana House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1211 which would ban the dismemberment of living unborn children. The vote was 71-25 .

Yesterday the bill took another huge step forward when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 in favor of the bill, which now heads to the full Senate.

Indiana Right to Life urged its members to contact their state senators.

Please take action immediately to urge your state senator to support House Bill 1211, a Dismemberment Abortion Ban in Indiana. Like the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, House Bill 1211 aims to prohibit an inhumane practice that brutalizes the body of an unborn child.

This bill just passed committee in the Senate and will be voted on soon. …

This legislation builds on the precedent set by the Supreme Court twelve years ago in the famous case on partial-birth abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart. Like partial-birth abortion, dismemberment abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips a living child apart limb from limb. In Carhart, the Supreme Court said, “No one would dispute that, for many, D & E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.”

Our neighbors in Ohio just passed a Dismemberment Abortion Ban, now we need to join them. Please take action.

Ten states have already passed dismemberment abortion bans, one of the highest priorities of NRLC’s state affiliates.

Dismemberment abortions are gruesome even by the ugly standards of the abortion industry. As Indiana Right to Life explained, the abortionist dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses scissors, forceps or clamps to rip apart a living unborn child who bleeds to death.

According to Kaitlin Lange, of the Indianapolis Star, prior to passage in the Indiana House, Corrine Youngs, an attorney for Indiana Right to Life, showed an ultrasound of her twins at 11 weeks in the womb.

“Do we think it’s good public policy or not to perform this on a still-living human being?” Rep. Peggy Mayfield, the bill’s author, asked. “I think the public outcry, especially (after recent action in other statehouses), just dictates that we address some procedures for what they are and, in our role of a policymaking body, decide what is the direction that we want to go as a state.”

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