On April 4, 2019, U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R — S.D.) and James Lankford (R — Okla.) introduced the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act of 2019. The bill would prohibit abortionists from committing barbaric dismemberment abortions and impose a criminal fine, up to two years in prison, or both, for anyone who commits this type of abortion.
“Dismemberment abortions are among the most brutal methods of abortion, and they account for roughly 90 percent of second trimester abortions,” said Senator Rounds. “Unborn children can feel pain during this stage of the pregnancy, starting at 20 weeks. It is unconscionable to legally allow physicians to dismember unborn children, some of whom are able to feel pain. We have a responsibility to defend the dignity of all life, from conception to natural death… I’m happy to partner with Sen. Lankford this Congress to advance our legislation that would make dismemberment abortions illegal.”
A dismemberment abortion, also called a “dilation and evacuation” abortion, is the most common means of murdering a child during the second trimester, between weeks 13 and 28 of pregnancy. In a dismemberment abortion, the child is ripped apart with clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, or scissors, then removed from the mother’s womb, piece by piece. This absolutely barbaric practice should be banned across the country — just as Texas did when Governor Abbott signed the Dismemberment Abortion Ban into law in 2017.
The law as proposed by Senator Rounds would allow dismemberment abortions if necessary to save the mother’s life, and does not limit abortions committed in cases of rape or incest if done by some other method. The law also prohibits the prosecution of the women who undergo these abortions.
Cosponsors include Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and John Thune (R-S.D.). A similar bill, the Saving Children Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives this year by Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.-08).
Texas Right to Life is proud to stand with these Pro-Life Senators and Representatives on this life-saving legislation. We pray you will too.
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