Supreme Court lets dismemberment abortions continue, won’t hear Alabama case
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Supreme Court today decided not to hear a case on Alabama’s dismemberment abortion ban, allowing a lower court ruling overturning the pro-life law to remain in place.
“Once again the Supreme Court has punted on abortion, this time refusing to take up Alabama’s humane law protecting unborn children from gruesome dismemberment abortions in which a child is torn apart, piece by piece,” the Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion in which he agreed the court shouldn’t take up the case, However, he called it a “stark reminder that our abortion jurisprudence has spiraled out of control.”
“Earlier this Term, we were confronted with lower court decisions requiring States to allow abortions based solely on the race, sex, or disability of the child,” Thomas wrote. “Today, we are confronted with decisions requiring States to allow abortion via live dismemberment. None of these decisions is supported by the text of the Constitution.”
“Although this case does not present the opportunity to address our demonstrably erroneous ‘undue burden’ standard, we cannot continue blinking the reality of what this court has wrought,” he added.
SBA List said Thomas’ assessment is “absolutely right.”
“Unborn children and mothers will continue to be victimized by the abortion industry while the Court does nothing,” the group added.
Leana Wen, the President of Planned Parenthood, called the Court’s letting a lower court ruling remain an “important victory” for the pro-abortion movement.
I applaud our partners at the @ACLU, West Alabama Women’s Center and @ALWomensCenter for their courageous fight against political interference in abortion care. This is an important victory and we will continue to fight all attacks on access to abortion care across the country. https://t.co/8aYFyApNwl— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) June 28, 2019
Dismemberment abortions are typically committed on babies during the second trimester of pregnancy. They involve using a sopher clamp to pull an unborn child apart limb by limb.