For release: 15 April 2015

Moves by Oklahoma and Kansas to ban the abortion practice of dismembering unborn children should be considered in Australia, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin yesterday signed the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion ACT which prevents abortion practitioners from tearing unborn babies limb from limb. This follows Kansas passing similar laws earlier this month.

According to the Oklahoma and Kansas legislation: ‘‘Dismemberment abortion’’ means, with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.

ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said abortion was a bad option for a woman with an unsupported pregnancy and the practice of dismemberment of their unborn baby would be abhorrent to most women.

“It is very difficult to understand why Australia continues to allow this practice which is now banned in two states of the US.

“We can do a better job of providing real choices for women who find themselves with an unsupported pregnancy,” Ms Francis said.

Some scientists believe unborn babies feel pain as early as 20 weeks1 yet dismemberment and late term abortion are allowed without the administration of pain relief.

In Victoria and Tasmania abortion on demand is allowed to birth and medical practitioners are outlawed from exercising their conscience in not referring a woman to an abortion practitioner.

Ms Francis said all Australian taxpayers assist dismemberment and late term abortion practices through their Medicare levy.