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Senator Shirley Randleman
Stokes, Surry, Wilkes
Senator Joyce Krawiec
2018 Legislation - SB 425 Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act
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Dear Senator _________________________,
I am a citizen of North Carolina, and as such, I expect the highest moral standard of protections to be instituted by our legislators for all persons (born and unborn) in our State.
Please support immediately Senate Bill 425 -The Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, which is currently sitting in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate (since March 29, 2017). This important bill needs to be forwarded and made into law as soon as possible.
Cruelty to any living creature is an abomination – how is it that we’ve been allowing dismemberment abortions to be done on our unborn children in our State for so long? The tearing apart of little babies – alive in the womb (ages 13 to 24 weeks gestation) and many who can feel pain already – is unthinkable!
In our State in 2016, 3,746 North Carolina babies suffered this barbaric procedure (dismemberment abortion procedure or D&E). Source: North Carolina Right to Life.
I look forward to your immediate action on this important legislation. Being complicit in the cruel dismemberment of babies in the womb is not acceptable in our State or anywhere else!
The legislation would prohibit dilation and evacuation abortions, a procedure in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks. In 2016, the North Carolina Department of Health reported 3,746 D&E abortions in the state of North Carolina.
Like partial-birth abortion, dismemberment abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips the child limb from limb. In Gonzales v. Carhart, the Supreme Court said, "No one would dispute that, for many, D&E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.”
Justice Kennedy, widely considered the swing vote on abortion cases, has himself described the procedure in a simple and powerful way, when he wrote: “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”
Eight other states have passed dismemberment abortion bans, with more working on them in 2018.
Sitting in Committee - since March 29, 2017
Senator Deanna Ballard
Alleghany, Ashe, Avery,
Triangle Right to Life