June 8, 2020

6th U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Against Kentucky Dismemberment Abortion Ban

On June 2, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a permanent injunction against a Kentucky dismemberment abortion ban by U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley. The court found that Kentucky’s House Bill 454 created too much of a barrier to abortion access, even though it only banned a single method of abortion.

Dismemberment abortion kills an unborn child by having an abortionist individually tear limbs off a child and remove them from a mother's body individually with forceps. The child eventually dies by bleeding out during this process. Abortionists often use this method to complete abortions once an unborn child has grown too large to be removed via vacuum aspiration abortion. The unborn baby, specifically the baby's head, becomes too large to pull out of the mother's womb without first crushing it. To solve this "problem", abortionists tear individual limbs from a child's body until only the head remains. Then, they crush the skull and remove all of the pieces to complete the abortion.

“While the court did not decide in our favor or in the favor of these young victims, we must never give up working toward the day when all innocent human life is protected in law,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias.