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The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act and the battle to restore respect for life

by | Mar 27, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

stopdismembermentBefore you know it, Kansas’s Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act will be law. Both houses of the state legislature overwhelmingly passed SB95 (98-26 and 31-9, respectively) and pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback has promised to sign the measure into law.

NRL News Today has provided blanket coverage of National Right to Life’s #1 state legislative priority. We’ve discussed why SB95 is so crucially important on numerous occasions . (For example, see;; and

In anticipation of the governor’s signature, I would like to focus in on something pro-life state Rep. Becky Hutchins said during the debate. Speaking in defense of the victim of dismemberment abortion, the “living” unborn child, she referred to the “three D’s” that follow when such abortions are allowed:

“Tearing a developed fetus apart, limb by limb, is an act of depravity that society should not permit. We cannot afford such a devaluation of human life, nor the desensitization of medical personnel it requires.”

Pro-abortionists hear such a characterization and their only response is that the language is “sensational,” “graphic,” or “inflammatory.” Really?

Not so long ago, no one would have denied that only a depraved society would separate arms from torsos. But the message of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is that no morally sentient human being outside the abortion industry would deny it today—if only they knew!

There are many and disparate lessons from past historical atrocities. But one of them is they were possible because most people could/would say, “I never knew!”

And to talk about devaluing human life with people who make their livelihoods using forceps and tongs and curettages and surgical scissors and Sopher clamps to crush skulls and disarticulate tiny bodies is probably a lost cause. Why?

Because in order to live with themselves, they must become desensitized to what they are doing—annihilating little babies who are totally defenseless—in a brutal and callous way. The impact of abortion on the medical profession was something that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has written about.

If I remember correctly, he was talking largely about the loss of the public’s confidence in a medical profession that would slaughter children in such hideous ways. But I would add that there is a personal price they pay for trading in the blood of unborn babies and the misery of women in crisis.

When we look back, the day that Gov. Brownback signs SB95 into law could well remembered as a pivotal juncture in the decades-long fight for life.

Thanks to the legislature in Kansas and to the governor. Thanks to Kansans for Life for putting its considerable weight behind SB95. And thanks to NRLC’s state legislative department which was instrumental in the formation of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

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Categories: Abortion