Kentucky House approves ban on dismemberment abortions. HB 454 onto Senate

By Dave Andrusko

As still another illustration of the maxim that elections have consequences, the Kentucky House of Representatives Monday overwhelmingly passed House Bill 454 which would ban what supporters call “cruel and gruesome” dismemberment abortions. The measure, passed 71-11, now moves on the Senate.

Reporting for The Lexington Herald-Leader Jack Brammer observed, “Kentucky’s GOP has successfully pushed abortion-related measures since Republican Matt Bevin won the governorship and the GOP took complete control of the General Assembly.”  They have indeed, beginning in January 2017. (For example, see here; here; and here.]

Pro-abortion Democrats were reduced to sputtering that the law would be challenged in court and cost money to defend, and that “The people of Kentucky did not elect us to be judge and jury over private medical decisions,” to quote Rep. Mary Lou Marzian.

As for the former charge, Rep. Robert Benvenuti III said, “To that, I say bring it. Let’s have that trial.”

To the latter, Rep. Addia Wuchner responded, “These lives are small and tiny but they are still human.” Brammer paraphrased her as saying this abortion technique

involves the dismemberment of a human fetus. At 10 week of pregnancy, an ultrasound can show the hands, arms, legs, fingers, toes, ears and feet of an unborn baby.

Eight states have already passed bans on dismemberment abortions: Kansas (2015); Oklahoma (2015); West Virginia (2016); Mississippi (2016); Alabama (2016); Louisiana (2016); Arkansas (2017); and Texas (2017).

Brammer’s antiseptic description of this incredibly brutal abortion technique brings new meaning to George Orwell’s description of “political language” which is “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Brammer wrote

The procedure involves the dilation of the cervix and surgical evacuation of the contents of the uterus, often used as a method of abortion and a therapeutic procedure after miscarriage to prevent infection by ensuring that the uterus is fully clear.

In fact, the baby is not “evacuated” but pulled out, a piece at a time. The abortionist uses 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.”