North Dakota Gov. signs bill banning the dismemberment of living unborn children

By Dave Andrusko

For the second time in a month, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill overwhelmingly supported by the legislature, in this instance banning the hideous practice of dismembering living unborn children.

As NRL News Today reported, the governor had already signed HB 1336. The Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill requires abortion facilities to provide information to any woman seeking an abortion about how she can potentially save her baby if she changes her mind after taking the first medication, but not the second.

Eleven states now ban dismemberment abortions.

The enactment comes against the backdrop of an appeal by Arkansas of a lower court decision blocking enforcement of its law. As we reported, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last December. The 8th circuit includes North Dakota.

“North Dakota has one abortion provider, the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo,” Jack MacPherson of the Associated Press reported. “Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker has said her facility’s lawyers would wait for a decision in the Arkansas case before deciding on possible legal challenges to North Dakota’s legislation.”

As the bill was being debated Hageman explained that pro-abortion Democratic members of the North Dakota Senate complained that the specific terminology of House Bill 1546 would turn state law into a “graphic novel.”

In fact, the explanation is mild compared to the reality of an abortionist dilating a woman’s cervix and then using scissors, forceps or clamps to rip apart a living unborn child who bleeds to death.

Hageman quoted Sen. Janne Myrdal, who

said it was a “historical necessity” to spell out the abortion method in state law, likening it to people’s negative reactions to images of the Ku Klux Klan or the Holocaust.

“Through history, sometimes mankind and humanity, we need to see the gruesomeness of something before we stop and go, ‘Whoa, that should not occur,’” she said.

“Banning the brutal dismemberment abortion technique is among NRLC’s highest legislative priorities,” said Ingrid Duran, director of State Legislation. HB 1546 builds on the precedent set by the Supreme Court in the famous case on partial-birth abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart,” she noted.

“Dismemberment abortion, like partial-birth abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips a living child apart limb from limb.

Duran added. “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.’”