Thank you, Gov. Ricketts, for signing a law that bans the dismemberment of living unborn babies

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This repost of a story that appeared in NRL News Today a year ago reminds of the importance of pro-life state legislation.

You wouldn’t expect a newspaper that is pro-abortion to pay much attention to the signing of a pro-life bill.  Three paragraphs—five sentences, to be exact—was all the Omaha World-Herald could summon up to say about Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts who signed LB 814 last Saturday.

In that tried and true way of distancing readers from the reality of what happens, reporter Paul Hammel writes, “Abortion opponents call the procedure dismemberment abortion.” Get it? We “call it” dismemberment abortion, as if the abortionist  doesn’t tear and pulverize living unborn human beings, as if he doesn’t rips heads and legs off of tiny torsos until the defenseless child bleeds to death.

Naw, that’s all in our imagination. 

Tell that to the poor child.

We aren’t fooled. Each and every pro-lifers in Nebraska understood the importance of “Ending the Disgrace of Dismemberment Abortion,” as Gov. Ricketts described it in a March 2 column. You can watch the signing ceremony here.

You and I know that, thankfully, there are now 13 states that have drawn a line in the sand. Nebraska joins Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, North Dakota, and Indiana in saying this monstrosity is beyond the pale. We can only hope and pray that number increases.

As a final thought, let me quote from Governor Rickett’s March 2 column, written as the long journey to pass LB 814 was picking up speed:

Thankfully, State Senator Suzanne Geist is taking steps to end this horrific practice.  This session, she has introduced a bill (LB 814) to end the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion in Nebraska.  This type of abortion usually takes place between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.  The barbaric procedure literally rips apart a preborn child, piece by piece, to destroy the life of the baby. 

Developmentally, babies make incredible strides between 13 and 24 weeks.  Early in this stage, a baby’s sex becomes clear.  During this window of time, little boys or girls start to move their eyes, and they begin to hear.  Around 16 weeks, an ultrasound can detect them moving their arms and legs.  A few weeks later, a baby will begin to suck his or her thumb.  Babies born prematurely at the end of this stage (24 weeks) have a survival rate of around 60-70%.  Improvements in neonatal care are constantly increasing these odds as well as making survival a possibility even earlier in a pregnancy.

Imagine watching a sleeping baby girl peacefully suck her thumb inside of her mother’s womb.  Then consider the horror of seeing that same baby girl flail her tiny arms and legs as an abortionist uses forceps to clutch at her body.  If you could stomach the sight, you would see the baby’s life gruesomely destroyed as the abortionist dissevered her body, bit by bit, grasping and crushing her little skull as part of the process. 

Unfortunately, we can imagine; we wish we couldn’t. Tragically, the Abortion Industry and its minions in the media can’t either, a failure of moral imagination on a colossal scale.

Thank you, Gov. Ricketts.