A federal appeals court in Alabama found Wednesday that the state’s ban on the “dilation and evacuation” abortion procedure, dubbed a “dismemberment” abortion by its opponents, is unconstitutional.
This abortion method takes place between 15 and 18 weeks of pregnancy and is the most common method of second trimester abortion in the state of Alabama. It was banned in 2016 but that ban was immediately challenged by the abortion providers West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Women’s Center in Huntsville. . .
“The State has an actual and substantial interest in lessening, as much as it can, the gruesomeness and brutality of dismemberment abortions,” they write. “That interest is so obvious that the plaintiffs do not contest it.” . . .
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was disappointed in the ruling but was glad that the Court acknowledged the barbarity of the procedure.
“I am disappointed that the 11th Circuit sided with the lower court in this case, but it is encouraging that the court recognized the State’s important and legitimate interests in ending barbaric abortion procedures–in this case, procedures that literally tear apart babies living inside their mothers’ wombs,” he said in a statement. (Read more from “Appeals Court Sides With Abortion Clinics, Blocks Alabama’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban” HERE)