The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill 24-9 that would outlaw dismemberment abortions.
LifeSiteNews reports that the bill, officially known as The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (S.B. 10) would ban abortion doctors from performing what is known as dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, a gruesome process which includes extracting the unborn baby’s body parts piece by piece from the womb.
The bill officially states that doctors are prohibited from “causing the death of an unborn child, purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract him or her one piece at a time from the uterus.”
The bill does, however, make an exception to babies that are already dead due to miscarriage.
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow!" said West Virginians for Life on Facebook just minutes after the vote. "Now on to the House Health Committee."
The bill, if signed into law, would not enforce any criminal charges on doctors who continue to dismember unborn children illegally, but it could make it possible for those doctors to lose their medical licenses.
“Dismemberment abortion is a barbaric practice that we wouldn’t do to a criminal,” State Senator Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
The bill goes next to the House of Delegates.
Publication date: February 18, 2016