Attorney General Eric Schmitt has joined the attorneys general of 2o
other states in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an
Alabama law banning "dismemberment abortions."
Alabama Legislature enacted the law in 2016. It prohibits a
procedure that the abortion industry euphemistically calls "dilation and
procedure involves an abortionist killing a preborn child by literally
tearing the fetus apart limb by limb and extracting the baby body parts,
and is commonly used during second-trimester abortions.
District Judge Myron Thompson issued an injunction forbidding
enforcement of the law in 2017, and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld the injunction last year.
from the 11th Circuit acknowledged that the State of Alabama had "an
actual and substantial interest in lessening the gruesomeness and
brutality of dismemberment abortions," but ruled that Supreme Court
precedent precluded such a ban.
friend-of-the-court brief states that "the abortion method involved in
this case is an exceptionally grisly one, at least as and potentially
more so than the partial-birth abortion procedure."
brief then describes how a doctor grasps a part of the body of the
unborn child, and tears it away from the remainder of the body.
fetus does not die instantly, but stays alive, heart beating, while the
doctor repeats the process, tearing off one limb at a time."
"In the end, the fetus bleeds to death or dies from the trauma, and the doctor is left with 'a tray full of pieces.'"
joint filing argues that "the likelihood that such a procedure
compromises public respect for life, not to mention the ethics of the
medical profession, is unquestionably serious...This procedure should
have no place in a civilized society."
brief also suggests that the law also protects women "from the deep
grief many of them are likely to feel if and when they later discover
exactly how their unborn children were killed."
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry spearheaded the joint coalition of state attorneys general in filing the amicus brief.
courts have protected a woman's choice to have an abortion, access to a
particular abortion method they have not," Landry said in a statement.
law prohibits animals from being killed by dismemberment, and the same
protections should be provided for defenseless unborn children."