A Texas law banning abortions used to end second-trimester pregnancies has been upheld by a federal appeals court located in New Orleans.
This law in question has never been enforced. The law seeks to prohibit the use of forceps to remove the fetus from the womb where no drug is injected and also does not need a suction to ensure the fetus has died. Abortion advocates argued the law effectively outlaws what is possibly the safest method for women in their second trimester. The procedure name is dilation and evacuation. These abortion rights advocates say the fetus can’t feel pain during this gestation period.
Texas legislators banned the procedure with a law that describes it as “dismemberment abortion” (NPR). A three-judge panel in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocked enforcement of the law last year. Texas received a re-hearing by the full court of 14 judges and sided with Texas on Wednesday.
Texas Right to Life applauds the ruling. Texas Right to Life Director of Media and Communication Kimberlyn Schwartz comments “Anyone can see the cruelty of dismemberment abortions, ripping a child’s body apart while her heart is still beating. We’re grateful the judges recognized this horror.”
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