Kansas appeals court to review state’s dismemberment abortion ban
The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act received overwhelming support in the Kansas legislature, noting that dismemberment abortions are as barbaric as partial-birth abortion, which is now illegal in the United States.
Before the act could take effect, however, a county judge blocked it, and two abortionists filed a lawsuit against it.
Janet Crepps, a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, commented, "If this law was allowed to take effect, it would undermine women's health and rights."
Others are concerned with what filing a lawsuit in favor of this gruesome procedure says about the extreme views of the abortion movement.
The dismemberment abortion procedure, called dilation and evacuation (D&E), is the most common method of abortion in the second trimester. The name itself hides the procedure of cutting, ripping, and dismembering the baby inside.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that D&E abortions are "laden with the power to devalue human life."
"Before the first trimester ends, the unborn child has a beating heart, brain waves, and every organ system in place," explains National Right to Life's Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D. "Dismemberment abortion then kills a baby by tearing her apart limb from limb."
"The partial-birth abortion ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, because it was a method of abortion, and there were other available methods," Mary Kay Culp, Executive Director of Kansans for Life, told LifeSiteNews. "The Supreme Court ruled that states could ban certain abortion procedures, as long as there are other methods."
In upholding the partial-birth abortion ban, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that as long as it does not impose an undue burden, "the State may use its regulatory power to bar certain procedures and substitute others, all in furtherance of its legitimate interests in regulating the medical profession in order to promote respect for life, including life of the unborn" (Gonzales v. Carhart).
Ms. Culp then explained, "The alternative method to dismemberment abortion (D&E) is digoxin poisoning, killing the baby in the womb, and then inducing labor to deliver a dead baby."
Also known as the "MOLD technique," the use of digoxin injection was pioneered by late-term abortionist George "the Killer" Tiller of Wichita, and is now widely used throughout the U.S. "MOLD" is an acronym for the four products used: misoprostol, oxytocin, laminaria, and digoxin.
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"Abortionists claim that D&E dismemberment is 'safest,'" Culp told LifeSiteNews. "Today their attorneys claimed in court that the digoxin method was 'extreme and unreasonable' – yet that is the very method which Tiller did for two decades."
Culp told LifeSiteNews that pro-abortionists might have ulterior motives in defending dismemberment. "Dismemberment abortion facilitates fetal harvesting," Culp charged. "Clinicians experimenting on aborted baby parts don't want their research tainted by drugs, and they want fresh organs – packed for shipping within minutes of death," she explained.
"Dismemberment is also a lot quicker, so you can make money faster," Culp said. "They say it's for the safety of their patients, but I think it's for the safety of their checkbook."
Of the 14 jurors on the Kansas Court of Appeals, six are appointees of Kathleen Sebelius. Two more are appointees of her pro-abortion lieutenant governor. As LifeSiteNews reported, Sebelius vetoed all pro-life legislation during her term as governor of Kansas, including vetoing a bill passed by the Kansas legislature so as to protect late-term abortionists from private lawsuits.
Sebelius joined the Obama administration as head of Health and Human Services and pushed through the infamous abortion coverage mandate of Obamacare, forcing Christian schools, church charities, and Christian businesses to pay for abortion, sterilization, and contraception insurance.
Sebelius, a Catholic, claims, "My Catholic faith teaches me that life is sacred. Personally, I believe abortion is wrong." Her ordinary, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, has warned Sebelius several times of her infidelity to Church teaching. "Because of her long history both as a legislator and governor of consistently supporting legalized abortion and after many months of dialogue, I requested Governor Sebelius not to present herself for communion," the archbishop said.
Planned Parenthood supporter Priscilla Smith, director of the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School, testified before Congress that dismemberment abortion is "a very humane procedure."
Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino described D&E abortions: "Picture yourself reaching in with the clamp and grasping anything you can. ... Squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go, and out pops a fully formed leg, about 4 to 5 inches long."
Dr. Levatino continues, "Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again, and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp, and tear out the spine, intestines, heart, and lungs."
But the gruesome abortion is not over. "The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby's head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free-floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a pure white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby's brains.
"You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you."