STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2019) – State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) legislation prohibiting the practice of dismemberment abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy received a bipartisan vote of 71-25 in the Indiana House of Representatives.
According to Mayfield, dismemberment abortions were performed 27 times in Indiana last year. She said the bill prohibits the gruesome practice of extracting a fetus from the mother’s womb using clamps or scissors via disarticulation while the heart is still beating.
“Dismemberment abortion is an extremely brutal process and we must discourage this practice in Indiana,” Mayfield said.
The medical term for the procedure is dilation and evacuation, or D&E. The term D&E also applies to what is known as a partial-birth abortion, which is banned at the federal level.
Mayfield’s proposal contains exclusions for cases where mothers face life-threatening risks. Under this bill, a physician who performs a dismemberment abortion in cases where the exclusions don’t apply could face a Level 5 felony.
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves
on the House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.
PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) presents her legislation that would prohibit the practice of dismemberment abortion in the second trimester of a pregnancy Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The bill stops the gruesome practice of extracting a fetus from the mother’s womb using clamps or scissors via disarticulation while the heart is still beating.