A federal appeals court has upheld a 2017 Texas law that bans a grisly second-trimester abortion procedure in which the living, unborn baby is ripped apart limb by limb using forceps and then yanked out of the mother’s womb.
Six abortion clinics and five physicians who provide abortions argued that the live fetal dismemberment procedure was fine because fetuses don’t feel pain and because a woman’s right to abortion is “absolute.”
In a ruling last week smacking down the plaintiffs’ arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who argued that an abortion that involves “live dismemberment-by-forceps” is barbaric and that a law against it does not impose an undue burden on women seeking abortions because there are other safe alternatives available.
Nine of the 14 appellate judges who heard the case ruled in favor of Paxton. Source: Western Journal
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