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Ban on Brutal Dismemberment Abortions Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate

by | Jun 6, 2016

Dismemberment-SquarereHARRISBURG, Pa. –A ban on brutal dismemberment abortions has now been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate.

The measure, Senate Bill 888, is sponsored by Senator Michele Brooks (R-Crawford, Erie, Mercer, and Warren Counties) and has 19 co-sponsors.

The bill would make illegal “knowingly and purposefully causing the death of an unborn child by means of dismembering the unborn child and extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.”

The legislation would also change the legal cut-off for abortions in Pennsylvania from six months’ to five months’ gestation.

“Tearing a living baby limb by limb from the mother’s womb is a barbaric practice that should be banned,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life. “A statewide poll last year found that an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians—61 percent—support a dismemberment ban in the Keystone State. Both women (64 percent) and men (58 percent) back a dismemberment ban,” Gallagher added.

Senate Bill 888 is similar to House Bill 1948, a ban on dismemberment abortions that has been introduced in the House of Representatives by state Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford, Forest, and Warren Counties). Both bills provide exceptions for the mother’s life or for the “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

“Most Pennsylvania residents want the outrageous practice of dismemberment abortion banned. This brutal practice should not be tolerated in a civilized society. It is time for the legislature to end this horrific practice once and for all,” Gallagher said.

Categories: Legislation