Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation that bans dismemberment abortions, a procedure during the second trimester of pregnancy in which the unborn baby’s limbs are torn from his or her body.
“I am a strong pro-life individual,” said Bentley, reports the Associated Press. “I am for life, and always will be.”
Bentley signed the legislation prohibiting abortion by dismemberment – also known as Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) – and also approved a measure that denies licenses or license renewals to abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of public elementary and middle schools.
According to the Times Daily, the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives is across the street from the Edward H. White Middle School and would likely have to relocate due to the new law. When the abortion clinic proximity bill was passed in the state House, Democrats reportedly began singing, “We Shall Overcome.”
“I don’t feel like these types of facilities need to be anywhere near our children,” said Rep. Ed Henry (R), who sponsored the bill.
Abortion business Planned Parenthood, abortion industry political advocacy organization NARAL, and the ACLU are opposed to the measures.
Alabama's gov signed an anti-abortion restriction into law that would close the health centers most women rely on. https://t.co/uWts0i0VB9
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) May 17, 2016
— NARAL (@NARAL) May 13, 2016
Andrew Beck, an attorney with the ACLU, said the approval of the proximity bill is the “height of hypocrisy,” claiming that proximity bills should serve to protect children from viewing pro-life activists.
In an animated medical video, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino says that during a dismemberment abortion, an abortionist “first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus.”
After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head. After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.
The abortionist then collects all of the baby’s parts and reassembles them to make sure there are two arms, two legs, and that all of the pieces have been removed.
Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Mississippi have also passed laws banning dismemberment abortions.