South Carolina Takes First Step toward Banning Dismemberment Abortions

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Thursday, March 9, 2017

South Carolina Takes First Step toward Banning Dismemberment Abortions

The state of South Carolina has taken the first step in banning the brutal procedure of  dismemberment abortions. reports that the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act (H 3548) recently passed South Carolina’s Constitutional Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 3-0.

The bill now goes on to the full committee for approval.

Dismemberment abortion is a gruesome procedure in which the abortionist extracts a baby from the mother’s womb limb by limb.

Retired Marine Corps sergeant Wayne Cockfield testified in support of the bill. He identified himself as “Someone who has been dismembered.” Cockfield had to have both his legs amputated after he was severely wounded in the Vietnam War. “I cannot imagine dismembering an unborn baby in order to kill it,” he stated.

Mr. Cockfield then pointed to an illustration of a dismemberment abortion procedure and said, “In the Middle Ages criminals were executed by being drawn and quartered, but a civilized world outlawed it.” He called on the subcommittee members to “do what is right. Stop the torture killing of unborn babies.”

National Right to Life attorney Jennifer Popik praised the subcommittee's decision to pass the bill:

“We are pleased that South Carolina has taken this first step towards protecting unborn children. Dismemberment abortions are a common and brutal type of D&E (dilation and evacuation) abortion which involves dismembering a living unborn child piece by piece.

The violent and dehumanizing nature of dismemberment abortion,” Mrs. Popik continued, “undermines the public’s perception of the appropriate role of a physician and confuses the medical, legal, and ethical duties of physicians to preserve and promote life.”


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Publication date: March 9, 2017