The following comes from an April 14 story on LifeSiteNews.
Oklahoma has become the second state in the nation to ban the procedure of dismemberment abortions, the most common form of second-trimester abortion.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act into law late last night, protecting the state’s unborn babies from the process of dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, in which unborn babies torn apart limb-from-limb.
The bill, which takes effect on November 1, passed the state legislature by lopsided majorities, clearing the state House of Representatives 84-2 in February, and the state Senate last week by a 37-4 margin.
Responding to the victory in Oklahoma, National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias said focusing on this process “has the power to change how the public views the gruesome reality of abortion in the United States.” The NRLC’s Director of State Legislation Mary Spaulding Balch, said that by the point a D&E abortion would take place in the second trimester, the unborn child already has “a beating heart, brain waves, and every organ system in place.”
D&E abortion accounts for approximately 96 percent of all second trimester abortions, according to the National Abortion Federation – an estimated 100,000 abortions a year…
The following comes from an April 13 letter to the editor in the New York Times.
To the Editor:
Re “Kansas Limits Abortion Method, Opening a New Line of Attack” (front page, April 8):
Beyond the fact that numerous studies have demonstrated that dilation and evacuation abortions are safer than the other methods of second-trimester abortion, there is another reason that about 96 percent of the more than 140,000 second-trimester abortions occurring annually in the United States use this method: They are considerably less emotionally stressful for women.
The induction method, the major alternative to a dilation and evacuation procedure, involves inducing labor, a process that can stretch out for an uncertain period of time, can be quite painful and culminates in a stillbirth.
Ironically, when the Supreme Court in 2007, in the controversial Gonzalez v. Carhart decision, banned another, more rarely used procedure, known in medical circles as “intact dilation and extraction” (and by opponents as “partial-birth abortion”), the majority took pains to point out that dilation and evacuation procedures would still be permitted.
To be sure, in the abstract, the details of dilation and evacuation abortions, as with many other medical procedures, are upsetting to many. But in the context of real women’s lives, the availability of these abortions is essential.
Why are politicians banning methods that are safer, cheaper and less stressful — unless punishment of women is the point?
The writer is a professor in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco.
UC Berkeley professor defends dismemberment as ‘safe’…..what a sick professor, i wonder if she would find it safe to dismemberment on her. These are professors, shameful! Goes to show you that just because someone goes to school and becomes a professor does not mean that they are really smart…sometimes they are more intelligent on worldly ways than anything else. People have gone terribly wrong…..no brains nor heart. God help her and may she discover the Lord and God help her lean on fearing Him and serving Him…..before its too late…..may she repent for what she is saying here against the innocent unborn!
It all depends whom you elect into local and state offices.
CA Bishops and Catholic citizens should be ashamed of themselves.
The Bishops for not teaching people to read the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” at home.
And the Laity for not voting morally.
Sorry, Ms. Joffe, the Supreme Court is very likely to OK this limitation. The dictum that you cite is virtually meaningless; states are not required to permit all manner of torture to the pre-born, even under the scheme set out in Rowe.
You know, there were, in fact, many testimonials from slaves that they were pleased with their masters. In the “context” of life in the Nineteenth Century, does this make slavery OK? The Pre-Born cannot speak, or argue (unlike slaves who could do this). Why not give the Pre-Born rights? Why not presume the right to birth, with due care and expense reimbursement provided to poor mothers, and adoption services guaranteed, along with education for the mothers, if needed.
Too bad that society’s view of a “Right to Sex” trumps all (as we will soon see in the SCOTUS decision to come on Sodomy Marriage).
Exactly, St. Christopher, except I hope you are wrong about your suspicions on the coming SCOTUS decision.
Actually the Supreme Court basically found a “right to sex” in its Lawrence V Texas decision, around 10 years or more ago.
Does that include a “right” to STD’s, AIDS and various sexually transmitted cancers? What you forget you who call yourself YFC is that with every so-called “right” they are responsibilities. Children have rights too — the right to a married mother and father or reasonable facsimile whenever possible.
The Government (Obama Administration) expects all of us taxpayers to pay for the sins of others.
Sexually Transmitted Disease including AIDS and various cancers should be paid by those – who by their purposeful behavior – have requested these diseases.
They must take responsibility for their own actions.
The Center for Disease Control has it on their web site, that the best way to avoid STDs is abstinence.
CDC info on STD costs – $$$$$$$$$ https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/STI-Estimates-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2013.pdf
Why aren’t the politicians doing anything to cut these costs ?
If consenting adults choose to commit Mortal Sin (and choose to go to Hell if unrepentant)
in the privacy of their own homes, it is their own business.
However, homosexual activists are trying to make the rest of us support their sodomy lifestyle.
They have no right to force their lifestyle on the unwilling. And this includes participating in tax paid actions and private business transactions whereby people become remote participants in the sins.
Tax paid actions include wars in Iraq that some of us homosexual activists think are immoral. What would you have us do?
For shame, Ms. Joffe. Your “dilation and extraction” is more than upsetting in both the abstract and in the real lives of women and all people who live in a society that condones such procedures. It is killing an innocent human being.
But I forget, “shame” is a word not in your vocabulary.
Per a recent article by SD’s own Dr. Jen Roback Morse in the 4-15-15 received Crisis Magazine, the statements from Omaha Bshp James Conley and Brian Clowes, both in the 4-9-15 edition of The Wanderer, let NOTHING interfere with my desired pleasure. Nothing! Even that which is injurious to MY health!
As the above insightful writers state, as basic psychology teaches, until said pleasure is replaced with one of a higher value, this will continue and continue to accerbate.
Dare we mention, advocate self sacrifice in embracing The Cross in our denial of OUR inclinations for the ultimate good of ourselves and others?
The professor is so right! It is so safe for not only the ”mother’ but the ‘doctor’. as well, to dismember a tiny, fragile little child. It’s so easy for an ISIS henchman to chop off a Christian’s head, too! Can anyone please tell me what the difference is? I know the ISIS victim has his hands tied behind his back and a baby does not, but other than that I can only see smooth sailing for either murderer. And no one to complain! Wow…if planned parenthood were really doing its job they would have legalized mass murder for those unfit to exist by now…you know, the old, the unwanted, the eccentric, the right wing weirdos. What was this professor’s mother thinking? She should have had her daughter chopped in pieces while she had the chance. As it is, the professor must be wringing her hands in agony that her mother didn’t pursue her bliss and toss her in the garbage. Well, she’s certainly doing her part now. If she’s lucky, perhaps she has a child that is already imagining a kindly, painless death for his or her mother through euthanasia. What a sweeetie.
And speaking of terrorists, here is a compelling and profound essay by one of my favorite authors, John Zimrak. What I’m sorry for is that I’m sharing this thought provoking piece in an already forgotten post but it really gets down to why abortion is so important to the secular world, as well as why life in general is so pointless to unbelievers. If there is only one person who reads and shares this, it will have been worth it. I wish I could organize my thoughts to be so lucid and faithful to the subject at hand as this writer and faithful (but funny) Catholic writer, alas.
oops. Here it is!