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Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act
Bill # H.R.1192

Original Sponsor:
Christopher Smith (R-NJ 4th)

Cosponsor Total: 32
(last sponsor added 06/16/2017)
  32 Republicans
About This Legislation:
The Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 1192) was introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.). The legislation is based on a model state bill proposed by National Right to Life, first enacted in 2015 in Kansas and Oklahoma.  The bill defines "dismemberment abortion" as "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 . . ." This definition largely overlaps with what those in the abortion trade currently refer to as "dilation and evacuation" or "dilation and extraction" (D&E) abortions. The method is commonly used starting at about 14 weeks of pregnancy, and extending into the third trimester. NRLC strongly supports the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act.
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