MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Two abortionists have filed suit against an Alabama law that bans dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, and prohibits abortion facilities from operating within 2,000 feet of an elementary or middle school.
“[I]t shall be unlawful for any individual to purposely perform or attempt to perform a dismemberment abortion and thereby kill an unborn child unless necessary to prevent serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” the bill reads.
The legislation defines a dismemberment abortion as to “purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract him or her one piece at a time from the uterus through use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors, or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, or grasp, or any combination of the foregoing, a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off.” D&E procedures are common in second trimester abortions.
However, the bill also notes that the prohibition does not ban other abortion methods, as it “does not include an abortion which uses suction to dismember the body of the developing unborn child by sucking fetal parts into a collection container.” Suction aspiration abortions are common in the first trimester.
S.B. 205, which prohibits abortion facilities from operating within 2,000 feet of a school, was also signed into law following its passage.
“The Alabama Department of Public Health may not issue or renew a health center license to an abortion clinic
or reproductive health center that performs abortions and is located within 2,000 feet of a K-8 public school,” it simply reads.
There are two abortion facilities near schools in Alabama: Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville and West Alabama Women’s Center Inc. The new law is expected to result in the closure of both locations.
Therefore, abortionists Willie Parker and Yashica Robinson White, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama (ACLU) filed suit to challenge the prohibitions on July 6, asserting that the laws are a burden on mothers.
“Enforcement of SB 205 would result in the permanent closure of the only abortion clinics in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, and enforcement of SB 363 criminalizes plaintiffs’ second-trimester abortion practice,” their lawsuit, filed in federal court on July 6, reads.
“If either or both laws were enforced, it would prevent a significant number of affected women—many of whom are in dire circumstances—from being able to obtain safe, legal abortion services in Alabama,” it says. “Enforcement of either law would lead other women to resort to medically unsupervised self-abortion due to reduced access to abortion services.”
Both laws are set to go into effect on Aug. 1.
As previously reported, Willie Parker, a former teenage Baptist preacher, asserts that he works as an abortionist because of his Christian profession.
“The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker told Esquire in 2014 in an article entitled “The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker.” “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.”
But Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics in Denton, Texas said that those who claim to be both Christian and pro-abortion are essentially making three false assertions.
“First, is that life is not a right inherited from God, but a privilege bestowed by human beings who can withhold it if they choose to do so. Second, is that God is neutral on whether a child He created [should be] brutally torn limb from limb. And finally, they are saying that it is possible to reject the innocent new lives that God creates without rejecting God himself,” he explained. “From a Christian perspective, all three of these are absurd.”