Pennsylvania state house considers dismemberment ban already approved by state senate

The measure would also change abortion limit in Pennsylvania

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Preborn babies would no longer have to undergo the gruesome practice of dismemberment abortion, under a bill being considered by the Pennsylvania House Health Committee.

Dismemberment abortions occur when babies are ripped limb by limb from their mothers’ wombs. Innocent children should not be subjected to this inhumane practice, and mothers should not be left to grieve children lost to this outrageous procedure.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy once called a dismemberment abortion, “a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.”

Senate Bill 3 previously passed the Pennsylvania Senate and is now awaiting action by the House. The bill contains an exception to save the life of the mother.

The measure would also change the abortion limit in Pennsylvania from six months to five months gestation to reflect the changes in medical technology that allow doctors to save premature babies at increasingly earlier stages of development. The U.S. is one of only seven countries — including China, North Korea and Vietnam — that allow abortions after 20 weeks gestation.

A statewide poll showed that the vast majority of Pennsylvanians support a ban on brutal dismemberment abortions. In fact, the support was even higher among women.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation joins with people around the Commonwealth in saying that a ban on this alarming practice is long overdue.