Stutzmanís bill prohibiting dismemberment abortions now law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, May 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2019) — Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) prohibiting the practice of dismemberment abortions in Indiana was recently signed into law.    

According to Stutzman, dismemberment abortions are brutal procedures performed on unborn children capable of feeling pain. She said the law prohibits the gruesome practice of extracting a live fetus from the mother’s womb using clamps or scissors via disarticulation during the second trimester, while the heart is still beating.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this disturbing and unnecessary practice,” Stutzman said. “This law prohibiting dismemberment abortions received bipartisan support and reaffirms Indiana’s commitment to the life of mothers and the unborn.”

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 has been banned at the federal level since 2003.

According to Stutzman, while other states such as New York and Rhode Island have advanced legislation rolling back protections for unborn children, this new law demonstrates that Indiana stands for life and will protect unborn children from the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion.

“Prohibiting this procedure will ensure that women are protected from many documented physical and mental health risks and complications,” Stutzman said. “Women deserve the best possible care in a way that protects them and their unborn children.”

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49,
which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.
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