Judicial

Oklahoma Judge uphold state law banning the dismemberment of living unborn children

By Dave Andrusko

It took four years and three months, but Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong today upheld the state’s Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

In 2015, the bill passed the state House of Representatives, 84-2 and the state Senate 37-4 and was signed into law by pro-life Gov. Gov. Mary Fallin.

At the time, Oklahomans For Life State Chairman Tony Lauinger commended Gov. Fallin “for her quick action in signing into law the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which will prohibit this barbaric inhumanity in our state.” Lauinger, who is NRLC’s executive vice president, added, “We appreciate, also, the exceptional leadership of Representatives Pam Peterson and Senator Josh Brecheen for spearheading the enactment of this landmark lifesaving legislation.”

However a lawsuit, brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on behalf of the Tulsa Women’s Clinic, meant that the law, scheduled to go into effect in November 2015, has been on hold.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter celebrated today’s victory.

“Dismemberment abortions are barbaric, brutal and subject unborn children to more cruelty that we allow for death row inmates,” he said. “It is unconscionable to think that we would allow this practice to continue. Judge Truong is to be commended for declaring this legislation constitutional. Today is a major victory for basic human decency in Oklahoma.”

In a dismemberment abortion, the abortionist continually reaches into the mother’s womb with a variety of sharp-edged metal clamps and tools, yanking off parts of the living unborn child and pulling them out, piece by piece, and placed in a tray.

No wonder former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy found dismemberment abortions so abhorrent.

In his dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, Justice Kennedy observed that in dismemberment abortions, “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.”

Seven years later Justice Kennedy added in the Court’s 2007, Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, that D&E (dismemberment) abortions are “laden with the power to devalue human life…”

Of course a spokesperson for CRR said they plan to appeal the decision.

Oklahoma was the second state to pass a ban on the dismemberment of living unborn child. Kansas was the first.

Ten other states also forbid this hideous dismemberment technique.

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