In a horrible affront to the sanctity of life, and just common decency, a liberal Texas judge has blocked a Texas law that would ban abortion by dismemberment.
Life News had the breaking news this morning:
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked Texas Senate Bill 8 one day before it would have gone into effect, according to the Tribune News Service.
Signed into law earlier this summer, Texas Senate Bill 8 prohibits dismemberment abortions, a method typically used in the second trimester to kill nearly fully-formed, living unborn babies. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn baby is ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces while his or her heart is still beating.
I can’t think of any good reason to block this bill.
With liberals, their sacred cow will always be abortion, and even the most horrific forms of the procedure will be defended with ghoulish zeal.
In Yeakel’s ruling today, he set up a restraining order for 14-days. On September 14, he’ll hold a hearing to consider an indefinite block against the law.
“The act leaves that woman and her physician with abortion procedures that are more complex, risky, expensive, difficult for many women to arrange, and often involve multi-day visits to physicians, and overnight hospital stays,” the judge wrote.
He also argued that women would “suffer irreparable harm by being unable to access the most commonly used and safest pre-viability-second-trimester-abortion procedure,” which dismembers their unborn babies, the AP reports.
I can’t read this and not feel a seething rage growing in my gut.
Any society that devalues human life is not a society that can put itself above basic savages.
Yeakel is known to Texas Right to Life for his pro-abortion stance.
After the ruling Thursday, Texas Right to Life issued a statement urging pro-life advocates not to despair.
“… this is the first step in a longer and consequential legal battle over this dynamic and historic legislation,” the pro-life organization said.
“Just like partial-birth abortions, dismemberment abortions are inhumane and gruesome acts of violence against the preborn child,” the pro-life group said in a statement.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is insisting that they will continue to fight the good fight, in order to defend the unborn.
Paxton said the law protects the sanctity and dignity of human life. His lawyers argued Tuesday that the law was written specifically to stop the brutal and gruesome dismemberment of living unborn babies in Texas.
Leaders with Texas Right to Life, who attended the hearing Tuesday, explained: “The abortion industry disingenuously argued in court that the Dismemberment Abortion Ban raises an undue burden to women seeking second trimester abortions by banning all D&E abortions. In filings and in court, the Attorney General’s office powerfully argued SB 8 clearly only prohibits one specific type of D&E abortion, which the state Legislature defined as ‘Dismemberment Abortions.’”
Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in June.
Besides Texas, seven other states have similar laws preventing dismemberment abortions: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Mississippi.
Today’s ruling was a blow to those who put value on the life of the unborn, but it’s not the final word.
Pray for the unborn in Texas, and pray for those lawmakers who are determined to fight and see this law enforced.