By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill that will ban the most common second-trimester abortion procedure in the United States, known as D&E or dilation and evacuation. The bill, the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, was highly supported by pro-lifers but, as expected, has upset pro-abortion activists.
Arkansas is now the seventh state to enact a ban against dismemberment abortion. The new law makes D&E abortion a Class D felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine or six years in prison. The bill was approved by the Senate in a 25-6 vote.
But just because something is common does not make it acceptable. In reality, ripping a child’s limbs off until she dies should not be acceptable to anyone, and that is what those who fought to end the use of D&E abortions in Arkansas are aware of. Dr. Paul Jarrett, Jr. describes what happened in the middle of an abortion where he used forceps to pull off the child’s arms and legs:
And as I brought out the rib cage, I looked and saw a tiny, beating heart. And when I found the head of the baby, I looked squarely into the face of another human being — a human being that I had just killed.Arkansas Representative Andy Mayberry, a co-sponsor of the bill, referred to the procedure as “gruesome” and “barbaric.”
“You see a baby, an unborn life, a fetus, engaging in fight-or-flight reaction to the forceps going into the womb, trying to remove an arm, remove a leg,” testified Senator David Sanders, co-sponsor of the bill.Live Action News article continues