By Dave Andrusko
Two months after Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong upheld the state’s Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, Judge Truong denied a motion by the Center for Reproductive Rights for a temporary injunction that would keep the law from taking effect while the case continues.
When Judge Truong upheld the law on July 12 , Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter celebrated the 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 response, pro-abortionists denounced Truong’s “rouge decision.”
In 2015, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act 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.”
The state has agreed not to enforce the ban until the state Supreme Court considers an emergency motion from the plaintiffs, the Tulsa Women’s Clinic.
Bans on this incredibly vicious abortion technique have been enacted in 12 states. Here is how NRLC’s Department of State Legislation describes what happens when a live unborn child is dismembered and why such a law is needed:
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. The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act protects unborn children from the brutality of being torn apart limb by limb by dismemberment.