Judge Upholds Oklahoma Ban on ‘Dismemberment Abortion’ in Historical Decision
An Oklahoma state judge on Friday upheld the state’s ban on a common late-term abortion procedure, making it the first time a judge in the U.S. has reviewed such a law and not overturned it.
Oklahoma County Judge Cindy Truong handed down her decision from the bench.
The lawsuit was brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Tulsa Women’s Clinic, an abortion clinic.
Truong upheld a 2015 law that bans dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, a procedure that involves the dilation of the cervix and the removal of the unborn baby by literally pulling it apart, limb by limb – pulling out an arm, a leg, the head, and so forth. Pro-life groups refer to the procedure as “dismemberment abortion.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter called Truong’s decision “a major victory for basic human decency in Oklahoma.”
“Dismemberment abortions are barbaric, brutal and subject unborn children to more cruelty than we allow for death row inmates,” Hunter said. “It is unconscionable to think that we would allow this practice to continue. Judge Truong is to be commended for declaring this legislation constitutional.”
D&E abortions were described in excruciating detail in the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.
The Center for Reproductive Rights said in a statement it was exploring its legal options. An appeal is possible.
“This law bans care that women need and doctors recommend and is part of a national
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