“… it shall be unlawful for any person to purposely perform or attempt to perform a dismemberment abortion and thereby kill an unborn child unless necessary to prevent serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.”
“Dismemberment abortions are barbaric, brutal and subject unborn children to more cruelty that we allow for death row inmates…It is unconscionable to think that we would allow this practice to continue. Judge Truong is to be commended for declaring this legislation constitutional. Today is a major victory for basic human decency in Oklahoma.”
This ruling, hopefully, marks the beginning of a change in the way our judicial system views the preborn. This judge recognized dismemberment of the preborn child as cruel, inhumane, and unconstitutional and was right in doing this. However, what about the many other forms of abortion? They all have the sole purpose of ending the life of a preborn child. Whether it is by poisoning, starving, suctioning them out of their mother’s uterus, or pulling them apart limb from limb, all abortion is violent and immoral. Anything intentionally seeking to destroy the life of an innocent human being cannot be healthcare and should not be legal.
This ruling is a step in the right direction for our legal system, but should not end there. If dismemberment abortions are too cruel to be legal, then so are all other forms of abortion. This ruling demonstrates that the preborn are human just like us, and are deserving of human rights. We must not stop fighting for the rights of the preborn and speaking up for the voiceless until no preborn child is in danger of losing their lives in the name of “choice.”
Update: The decision was appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. As of May 19, 2021, the case is still being worked through in the Oklahoma Supreme Court and while the appeals process is ongoing, the ban is not in effect.