Last week, SB 46 passed unanimously through the South Dakota Senate. It is a bill that would make it a felony to “intentionally, willfully, and maliciously inflict gross physical abuse on an animal that causes prolonged pain, that causes serious physical injury, or that results in the death of the animal.”
Imagine discovering that it was actually a veterinarian who regularly ripped the heads off of puppies and crushed their skulls. It would be hard to decide whether to call the police or to deal with the veterinarian yourself.
Now suppose you discovered that doctors regularly ripped the heads off of babies and tore apart their limbs while they were still alive. What would you do? Now is the time to decide, because here is evidence of this happening.
In 2004, abortionist Dr. Stephen T. Chasen said in New York federal district court that “the fetal head is extracted by placing the forceps around it and crushing it.” Dr. Chasen went on to say that he did not have “any caring or concern for the fetus whose head [he was] crushing.” Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, another abortionist, said, “For the vast majority of D&Es [it is] necessary either [to] crush or collapse the fetal skull.” She told the judge she does not use the word “crush” when speaking to her patients.
Of the most common second-trimester abortion method, dilation and extraction (D&E), Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has written, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb.” [Stenberg v. Carhart, 350 U.S. 914, 958-59 (Kennedy, J., dissenting).]
I don’t blame you for being shocked, horrified, and offended to read people discussing something that amounts to an act of torture. The truth is, we shouldn’t have to talk about it, because even those who deny constitutional rights to unborn children can agree that this is not an acceptable way to end a child’s life. But tragically, it is happening here in our country every day.
What I have chosen to do about it is introduce HB 1241, An Act to prohibit the dismemberment or decapitation of certain living unborn children. It is a straightforward one page bill–much shorter than the 10 page bill to make animal cruelty a felony. The bill says “No licensed physician may knowingly dismember a living unborn child with the intent of endangering the life or health of the child.” It creates no penalty for the mother, no barrier to necessary medical treatments, and doesn’t even prevent the doctor from dismembering the child, as long as another method is used to kill the baby first.
Constitutionally speaking, could decapitation and dismemberment be prevented? Much depends on the “swing” Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy. In his opinion for the majority of the Court in Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124, 159-60 (2007), which upheld a ban on partial-birth abortions before as well as after viability, Justice Kennedy wrote, “It is self-evident that a mother who comes to regret her choice to abort must struggle with grief more anguished and sorrow more profound when she learns, only after the event, what she once did not know: that she allowed a doctor to pierce the skull and vacuum the fast-developing brain of her unborn child, a child assuming the human form.”
It is unconscionable and that any “doctor” who claims to care for the health of others would remove the heads and limbs of children and toss them in the trash. Most media doesn’t want to report this, because they know people would think it is too awful to be true. What is perhaps most surprising is that abortion doctors are willing to testify to it without remorse. It says a lot about how far we have sunk morally that we would even need to pass a law banning the decapitation and dismemberment of babies waiting to be born.
The barbarians of old were not even as savage as some abortion ‘doctors.’ Ironically, while we accuse Islamic governments of savagely decapitating people, they accuse Western governments of savagely decapitating their own children. This inhumane killing of others must stop now. None of it is justified.
Pro-abortion groups are ridiculously beholden to this legal ability to kill other people. I have received many hateful messages because of this bill. This support for slaughter in the name of compassion is insanity! It has gotten so bad that as Jill Stanek reported, there was a Texas bill which actually passed committee that would have almost entirely decriminalized killing a baby up to 1 year after birth.
A recent article published by Oxford University’s Prof Julian Savulescu was entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, and was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life.”
It saddens me to have to write about this. But I will not sit silently by as our children’s lives are devalued to a place lower than dogs. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”