Louisiana House Approves Bills Banning Dismemberment Abortions, Killing Down Syndrome Babies

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Photo Credit: Oriol Martinez

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana House of Representatives has approved a bill banning dilation and extraction abortions (D&E) and well as a measure that would prohibit killing babies with Downs Syndrome or other survivable conditions, while leaving other reasons for abortion legal.

H.B. 1081, also known as the “Louisiana Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act” was sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, and passed unanimously on Thursday.

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally 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,” it reads.

The bill defines a dismemberment abortion as to “purposely 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 a similar instrument that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slices, crushes, or grasps a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off or apart.”

The legislation 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 an unborn child by vacuuming fetal parts into a collection container.” Suction aspiration abortions are common in the first trimester.

Johnson told the Manship News Service that he proposed the bill because of his opposition to the pain the unborn child feels in being dismembered.

“Every year unborn children are subjected to a gruesome practice. The fetus in many cases dies just as an adult would. It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. There are many who say this is the preferred method not because it better but because it is cheaper,” he said.

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The House also approved H.B. 1019 on Thursday, which passed 75-1. Sponsored by Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, it bans abortions in instances where the child has been diagnosed with a genetic abnormality such as Down Syndrome or dwarfism.

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion with knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with either a genetic abnormality or a potential for a genetic abnormality,” it reads.

The bill notes that the prohibition pertains to “any defect, disease, or disorder that is inherited genetically.”

“The term includes, without limitation, any physical disfigurement, scoliosis, dwarfism, Down syndrome, albinism, amelia, and any other type of physical, mental, or intellectual disability, abnormality, or disease,” it says.

Edmonds, a pastor, said that he introduced the bill as his own son has a genetic condition. He also shared that one of the kindest members of his church has Down Syndrome.

“If I would’ve taken the medical advice, my son never wouldn’t have been an adult,” he stated. “Life is hard, but I also want to add to that that many of the things in life that are hard, they make life fruitful.”

Both bills now will be sent to the Senate for a vote, and if approved will go to the desk of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “I actually think it should be less about denying the reality of those images and more about acknowledging, that, Yeah that’s kind of true, so given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here,

    Let’s just give them [pro-lifers] all, ‘It’s violence. It’s a person. It’s killing.

    “Let’s just give them all that.

    And then the more compelling question is, why is this the most important thing I can do with my life? … I don’t think it needs to be about correcting facts; I think it needs to be about moving the conversation to a different place. —“Dr” Lisa Harris of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, at a NAF conference, April 2014

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “It is morally and ethically wrong to do abortions without acknowledging what it means to do them. I performed abortions, I have had an abortion and I am in favor of women having abortions when we choose to do so. But we should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended. We ought not to pretend this is not happening.” — Abortionist, Judith Arcana “Feminist Politics and Abortion in the US” Pro-Choice Forum (Psychology and Reproductive Choice) Sponsored by The Society for the Psychology of Women.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “We have reached a point in this particular technology [D&E abortion] where there is no possibility of denying an act of destruction. It is before one’s eyes. The sensations of dismemberment flow through the forceps like an electric current .”–“Doktor” Warren Hern, author of Abortion Practice, the medical text that teaches abortion procedures, at a Planned Parenthood conference

  • TheBottomline4This

    Abortion is always wrong, yes even in the cases of rape and incest. If you don’t want a baby for whatever reason, don’t kill your son or daughter, give your son or daughter up for Adoption.