Texas bans mutilating babies in abortion, selling their body parts
TEXAS, June 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Tuesday protecting babies from dismemberment abortions, preventing aborted babies' bodies from being sold, and requiring that babies killed via abortion are buried or cremated rather than treated as medical waste.
Senate Bill 8, the Texas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, also makes partial-birth abortion illegal. A federal law aleady bans partial-birth abortion. The procedure involves delivering all of a live baby except her head and then stabbing scissors into the base of her skull, sucking her brains out, and then removing her head after it's been destroyed. It's a form of late-term abortion that is illegal under federal law; other methods of late-term abortion are legal even hours before a baby is to be born.
The undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress showed how profitable the sale of aborted baby body parts is for the abortion industry. The most recently released video, which Vimeo and YouTube are censoring, shows Planned Parenthood abortionist Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine describe how she avoids committing an illegal partial-birth abortion. She said that when she's about to commit what would be considered a partial-birth abortion, she yanks off one of the baby’s legs to prevent it from being classified as such.
Abortion supporters have complained that the new law requires "funerals" for aborted babies and would "criminalize people who help women" obtain abortions. Under the new law, those who assist an abortionist committing an illegal abortion could potentially face charges.
The law directs the state to create and maintain "a registry of...participating funeral homes and cemeteries willing to provide free common burial or low-cost private burial" for aborted babies. The registry will also include "private nonprofit organizations that register with the department to provide financial assistance for the costs associated with burial or cremation of the embryonic and fetal tissue remains of an unborn child."
This information will be available to doctors or facilities that request it.
The Dallas News reported that Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, "openly wept" as she begged her colleagues to vote to keep dismemberment abortion legal.
Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, who introduced the amendment to the bill stopping dismemberment abortions, said it was necessary to stop the practice of "draw[ing] and quartering" pre-born humans.