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Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act introduced in Alabama

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Alabama State Rep. Mack Butler has introduced the Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. HB376 will receive a public hearing in the House Health Committee, thanks to Chairwoman April Weaver (R- Shelby). A hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow.

State Sen. Phil Williams has also introduced SB363, a companion bill, in the Senate. The Senate Health Committee will also hold its hearing on Wednesday.

Dismemberment abortions involve introducing a sharp instrument which is used to grasp and pull the child out, piece by piece. The child is alive during this torturous process and dies of bleeding out during the dismemberment.

The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, is based on model legislation provided by the National Right to Life Committee. It is now the law in four states: Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Mississippi. This vital legislation has also been introduced in Pennsylvania, Minnesota , Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

Bill Klein, President of Alabama Citizens For Life, stated “Alabama children should be protected by law from being torn limb from limb. No human should die this way in a civilized society. It shows a total disrespect for the sanctity of human life.”

In his dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy observed that in D&E 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.”

Justice Kennedy added in the High Court’s 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decision, which upheld the ban on partial-birth abortions, that D&E abortions are “laden with the power to devalue human life…”

Cheryl Ciamarra, National Right to Life’s Board Director from Alabama, commented, “We are hopeful Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard will allow a Pro-Life day with a number of these measures as he has in the past. Now is the time when this type of common sense legislation to go forward.”

There are only seven days remaining in the current session.

Concerned citizens are urged to Contact House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCitcheon at 334-242-7673; and Speaker Mike Hubbard at 334-242-7668 to ask that pro-life bills be placed on the Special Order calendar for a fair vote by the full House of Representatives.

Even some generally pro-abortion members may support the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. Alabama has a long tradition of respect for human life.

In the ongoing debate over abortion rights in the United States, Alabama has emerged as a focal point for legislative efforts aimed at protecting the unborn. The recent introduction of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act underscores the state’s commitment to advancing pro-life initiatives. This article explores the key provisions of the proposed legislation and examines the broader implications for reproductive rights and fetal protection.

Understanding the Act

The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, introduced in Alabama, seeks to prohibit a common abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D&E). This method, which involves dismembering the fetus in the womb and removing it in pieces, is widely used in second-trimester abortions. The proposed legislation aims to outlaw this procedure except in cases of medical emergency, thereby imposing significant restrictions on abortion access in the state.

Rationale and Controversy

Supporters of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act argue that it is necessary to protect the dignity and sanctity of human life, particularly that of the unborn. They contend that D&E procedures are inhumane and violate fundamental moral principles. Furthermore, proponents assert that banning dismemberment abortions aligns with Alabama’s pro-life values and reflects the will of its constituents.

However, critics of the legislation argue that it represents a dangerous encroachment on reproductive rights and bodily autonomy. They contend that such restrictive measures place undue burdens on individuals seeking abortion care and undermine the constitutional right to choose. Moreover, opponents argue that banning D&E procedures could force women to undergo riskier and more invasive abortion methods, jeopardizing their health and well-being.

Legal and Ethical Implications

The introduction of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act in Alabama raises complex legal and ethical questions surrounding abortion regulation. The legislation’s constitutionality may ultimately be tested in the courts, as similar laws have faced legal challenges in other states. Additionally, the debate over fetal personhood and the rights of the unborn continues to fuel contentious discourse on reproductive rights and women’s autonomy.

Looking Ahead

As Alabama deliberates on the fate of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, the state finds itself at the forefront of the national conversation on abortion policy. The outcome of this legislative initiative will have far-reaching implications for reproductive rights, healthcare access, and the ongoing battle over abortion in America. Regardless of the final decision, the debate surrounding the proposed legislation underscores the deeply entrenched divisions and moral complexities inherent in the abortion debate.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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