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Indiana House overwhelmingly approves ban on dismemberment abortions

by | Feb 22, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma

By an overwhelming 71-25 margin, the Indiana House Thursday passed House Bill 1211 which would ban the dismemberment of living unborn children. The measure now moves to the state Senate.

Ten states have already passed dismemberment abortion bans, one of the highest priorities of NRLC’s state affiliates.

Already a very pro-life state, legislators spoke of the impact of recent abortion-on- demand throughout pregnancy legislation passed in New York and proposed in Virginia, the Indianapolis Star reported.

“It just places such a low value on life,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said. “So yes, I think it has reinvigorated those who considered themselves to be pro-life to take action,” Kaitlin Lange reported.

Dismemberment abortions are gruesome even by the ugly standards of the abortion industry. The abortionist dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses scissors, forceps or clamps to rip apart the unborn child.

Lange reported that Corrine Youngs, an attorney for Indiana Right to Life, showed an ultrasound of her twins at 11 weeks in the womb.

“Do we think it’s good public policy or not to perform this on a still-living human being?” Rep. Peggy Mayfield, the bill’s author, asked. “I think the public outcry, especially (after recent action in other statehouses), just dictates that we address some procedures for what they are and, in our role of a policymaking body, decide what is the direction that we want to go as a state.”

Added Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter “Thursday’s historic vote brings us one step closer to ending barbaric dismemberment abortions in Indiana.

“We look forward to the Senate taking equally decisive action in the weeks ahead.”

As NRL News Today reported, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has asked the Supreme Court to review the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to block the ultrasound provision in the “2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act.”

The Act, signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence, contained a requirement that any woman seeking an abortion must be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby at least 18 hours prior to an abortion. The ultrasound provision was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood in July 2016 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling, but remained in effect until Pratt’s injunction in April 2017.

Categories: Legislation
Tags: abortion