Letter to the editor: Time to end dismemberment abortion

Let’s hope that that other states will follow the lead of Kansas and Oklahoma in banning dismemberment abortions.  And let’s hope the U.S. Congress will soon pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, as the U.S. House is set to take it up.

What exactly happens in a dismemberment abortion?  The following is sworn testiomony given by abortionist, Martin Haskell, in U.S. District Court for Western District of Wisconsin:

“And typically, when the abortion procedure is started, we typically know that the fetus is still alive because either we can feel it move as we’re making our initial grasps or if we’re using some ultrasound visualization when we actually see a heartbeat as we’re starting the procedure.  It’s not unusual at the start of D&E procedures that a limb is acquired first and that that limb is brought through the cervix and….  prior to disarticulation and prior to anything having been done, that would have caused the fetal demise up to that point.”

Haskell continued, “When you’re doing a dismemberment D&E, usually the last part to be removed is the skull itself and it’s floating free inside the uterine cavity… So it’s rather like a ping-pong ball floating around and the surgeon is using his forceps to reach up to try to grasp something that’s freely floating around and is quite large relative to the forceps we’re using.  So typically there’s several misdirections, missattempts to grasp.  Finally at some point, either the instruments are managed to be placed around the skull or a nip is made out of some area of the skull that allows it to start to decompress.  And then once that happens, typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece.”

Well done, Governor Fallin and the rest of the elected officials of Oklahoma who prevented torture of the most innocent among us and have thus saved lives!