A bill that would ban dilation and evacuation, or D&E, abortions has been introduced in Nebraska’s first legislative session of the new year. The bill, LB8154, was introduced by Sen. Suzanne Geist, along with 20 other co-sponsors. As with other D&E abortion bans, often referred to as “dismemberment” abortion bans, it is abortionists who will face penalties for committing the procedure, and not mothers undergoing it.
In a press conference, Geist spoke more about her decision to introduce the bill. “I have introduced a bill this morning that will end the practice of a brutal and unthinkable abortion method here in Nebraska,” she announced. “This procedure has no place in modern medicine and is a horrible practice in our society.”
“Regardless of our individual opinions on the issue of abortion, I think we can all agree that no living human being should be torn apart limb by limb,” she added. Instead of a D&E procedure for late-term abortions, Geist said there were other options, including induction abortions, in which the preborn child is given an injection which kills them before they are torn apart. She also said she isn’t worried about the bill potentially being overturned. “My job is to legislate, not to worry about what the courts are going to do,” she said at the press conference.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood immediately came out against the bill. “Where is the woman in this bill?” Meg Mikolajczyk, of Planned Parenthood North Central States, asked in a statement. “It really is stripping physicians of the ability to counsel patients about the best course of care. For some women, it is the only method that would work.”
Despite Mikolajczyk’s inaccurate insistence that D&E abortions are the “only method” that may work, that doesn’t change the barbarity and violence of the procedure. During a D&E, the mother first has laminaria inserted into her cervix to begin dilation; one to two days later, she returns to the abortion facility, where she is dilated further, and then her preborn child is literally ripped apart, limb by limb, at a time when he or she can almost certainly feel pain.
There are also significant risks of major complications, including a perforated or lacerated uterus or cervix, hemorrhage, uterine rupture, and damage to the bowel, bladder, rectum, and other maternal organs. Because the placenta is also forcibly removed from the uterus, which involves scraping the sides of the uterus, there is a chance of heavy scar tissue, potentially causing problems for future pregnancies.
While bans on this violent abortion procedure have been passed in numerous states across the country, the abortion industry has also used the courts to block them, resulting in some of the bans being overturned. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, only two states still have their D&E abortion bans in place.
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