Pennsylvania House Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Off Baby’s Limbs

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The Pennsylvania state House passed a pro-life bill to ban dismemberment abortions that tear off an unborn baby’s limbs.

Pennsylvania House Bill 1948, sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Rapp, would ban brutal dismemberment abortions that tear unborn babies limb from limb and prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies can feel pain. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in a bipartisan vote of 132 to 65, approved the bill today.

Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, said about 1,550 babies are killed in Pennsylvania every year in dismemberment abortions.

“These common abortions are performed on fully developed, preborn babies at their most vulnerable, and when they should be the safest,” said Gallagher. “In a dismemberment abortion, fully-formed babies are brutally torn apart limb from limb. We’ve seen ultrasound images of these babies clapping, dancing, and reacting to stimuli from outside the womb. Surely we can all agree that they do not deserve to be torn apart in the most horrific and gruesome way possible.”

“The description sounds ghastly, uncivilized, and definitely inhumane. Yet it is a practice that takes place each year in Pennsylvania, killing an estimated 1,550 babies,” Gallagher said.

Dismemberment abortions have been described by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Gonzales v. Carhart as a procedure that is “laden with the power to devalue human life.”  Of the approximately 1 million abortions performed annually in this country, almost 9% are performed by dismemberment.  Approximately 1,550 Pennsylvanians died from this abortion method in 2014.

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