House Judiciary considers bill banning certain types of abortions

03/06/2018 10:08 AM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would prohibit an abortion of a pregnant woman that would result in the bodily dismemberment of the fetus is scheduled to be discussed once again after adjournment, and may be voted on by the House Judiciary committee later on Tuesday.

House Bill 454, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, would prohibit a procedure called Dilation and Evacuation (D & E), which involves removing the fetal and placental tissue with a combination of suction and instruments, 11 weeks or later into the pregnancy.

Wuchner says that her bill is aimed only at banning the D & E procedure.

“We are not talking about banning abortion in the commonwealth after 11 weeks, we are talking about prohibiting a type of abortion that is found as had been confirmed to be both cruel and gruesome, and that is the dismemberment of a human fetus,” Wuchner said.

ACLU Advocacy Director Kate Miller says the legislation is an example of government interference into the lives of women, and violates U.S. Supreme Court precedence.

“For decades, the Supreme Court has made clear that it is unconstitutional to ban the most common method of second trimester abortion,” Miller said. “That’s why bans like this ban, House Bill 454, has been blocked by courts in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Alabama.”

Dr. Jennifer Hoffman, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist from Louisville, voiced her opposition to the legislation saying that the procedure is an accepted second trimester method of abortion by many in the medical community.

“As a medical professional, I’m offended that this bill seeks to criminalize the evidence based treatment and passionate care that I deliver to my patients by punishing doctors for performing abortions,” Hoffman said. “A one size fits all bill that would force physicians to deny services to patients who would need to end pregnancies for a myriad of reasons is wrong.”

Dr. Linda Sanders, a neonatologist from Lexington, spoke in favor of the legislation saying that the dismembering of a fetus exceptionally cruel.

“In my mind, those unborn babies are Kentucky citizens as much as you and I are,” Sanders said. “Why are we not affording them some degree of dignity, and some means of ending their life that would be somewhat compassionate?”


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