Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sided with the attorneys for the ACLU by enjoining enforcement of a Kentucky law prohibiting dismemberment abortions (medically called a dilation and evacuation or D&E procedure) that had been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevins last year.

The procedure was generally performed after the 14th week of pregnancy. McKinley argued that the ban was unconstitutional because it restricted a woman’s “right to abortion” before the “viability” of the baby, which is typically around 24 weeks.

While pro-abortion activists might tout that D&E abortions are safest for the mother during the second trimester, pro-life advocates point to economic gain as being the real reason for preserving this type of abortion. “Dismemberment abortion facilitates fetal harvesting,” Kansans for Life Executive Director Kay Culp told LifeSiteNews last year. “Clinicians experimenting on aborted baby parts don’t want their research tainted by drugs, and, they want fresh organs—packed for shipping within minutes of death.”

The governor plans to appeal. “We profoundly disagree with the court’s decision and will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to protect unborn children from being dismembered limb by limb while still alive,” said Elizabeth Kuhn, Bevins’ communications director.

The law would make it a felony for a physician to perform a dismemberment abortion and the physician would be subject to sanctions against his or her medical license.

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