Kentucky becomes ninth state to ban dismemberment abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

When pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 454, Kentucky became the latest state to ban the vicious and gruesome practice of dismemberment abortions.

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

Predictably, no sooner had Gov. Bevin signed the law on Tuesday –and the law went into immediate effect–than the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit challenged the law.

“This law disregards a woman’s health and decisions in favor of a narrow ideological agenda,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in a news release. The ACLU is seeking to stop its enforcement while the case proceeds, according to Darcy Costello of the rabidly pro-abortion Louisville Courier Journal.

Costello quoted Bevin spokeswoman Elizabeth Kuhn who

said in an emailed statement Wednesday that the lawsuit, while not surprising, is disturbing.

“Kentucky’s elected representatives voted overwhelmingly this session to safeguard unborn children against the gruesome practice of live dismemberment abortion,” she wrote. “Few issues should be as commonsense as protecting the most vulnerable among us from the horrific act of being torn from limb to limb while still alive.”

“Overwhelmingly” is no exaggeration. The vote in the Senate was 31-5, the vote in the House was an equally one-sided 71-11.

South Carolina state Sen. Katrina Shealy

Pro-abortion Kentucky Democrats cited costs in defending the law which they insisted was unconstitutional.

In a dismemberment abortion, a living baby is 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.”

When the bill was debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Morgan Watkins of the Louisville Courier Journal posted a story that did not even make a pretense at balance.

Her attempt to minimize the brutally was to tell readers that the baby is small and weighs only a few ounces at 11 weeks. Reuters’ Steve Bittenbender quoted the abortion industry’s in-house think tank to tell readers that most abortions are done in the first trimester:

While dilation and evacuation is used in most second-trimester abortions, nearly 90 percent of all abortions are performed in the first trimester, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

Neither addressed what South Carolina state Sen. Katrina Shealy said during debate in that state’s Senate Medical Affairs Committee over its proposed ban on dismemberment abortions:

“If this was a bill about puppies” Sen. Shealy said, “we would have people lined so far down that hall to save a dog that we couldn’t get them in the building. I cannot even understand why we are having an argument here.”