Hollywood loves reality TV, but when it comes to the reality of what happens in the country’s abortion clinics, most liberals would rather tune out. While the clinics may not all be as filthy as Kermit Gosnell’s, the reality of what happens there is still the same: babies die painful and violent deaths. Now that the world sees abortion centers for the house of horrors that they are — first with Gosnell, and later with the Planned Parenthood videos — states are more determined than ever to end the suffering.
After Roe v. Wade, and later through Casey v. Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers started to tackle abortion through restrictions like waiting periods and clinic regulations. Then, after the Supreme Court upheld the ban on a barbaric procedure like partial-birth abortion, leaders turned their attention to a method just as brutal: the dilation and extraction (D&E) abortion.
The most common kind of abortion in the second trimester, D&E literally tears babies limb from limb when they’re old enough to feel the excruciating pain. In the first law of its kind, Kansas voted that it was inhumane to use forceps, clamps, or scissors on living babies and remove them in pieces. It was a huge step forward in limiting the number of abortions performed in Governor Sam Brownback’s (R) state every year.
Unfortunately, the Kansas Court of Appeals didn’t see it that way and ruled — in the first 7-7 split in the state’s history — to let the lower court’s decision to overturn the law stand. Now, five months later, pro-lifers aren’t taking no for an answer. In an appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court, several groups — including FRC — have submitted briefs arguing for the constitutionality of Kansas Senate Bill 95.
“There is no text in [state constitution] that grants a right to abortion of any kind,” FRC’s Chris Gacek pointed out. “If anything, abortion takes away one of the inalienable rights actually mentioned in the Declaration of Independence and the Kansas Constitution, that right being the right to life.” To read our amicus, click here.