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The Fetal Cranium Will Have To Be Crushed

Governor Whitmer thinks that’s okay.

The Michigan state legislature has passed a bill that would ban a second trimester abortion procedure known as “dilation and evacuation.”

According to UpNorthLive, “The plan amends Michigan’s partial abortion ban to prevent physicians from performing the D&E procedure, unless an abortion is performed using a suction. The legislation would apply a two-year felony and a possible fine of $50,000 to those performing the apportion, not the woman. The language makes an exception for situations where the mother’s life is at risk.”

Since both the state house and senate have passed versions of the bill, it must be signed by Governor Whitmer, who is a democrat.

UpNorthLive adds Whitmer’s response, “I’m going to veto them when they come to my desk,” Whitmer said. “I think that these are decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor. I’ve always supported a woman’s autonomy and freedom to make her own choices and that should be no surprise to anyone in this town.”

But this bill might not end with Whitmer.  There is talk of overriding or bypassing her veto.

According to The Detroit News,

Right to Life plans to launch a petition drive if Whitmer vetoes the bills, according to spokesman Chris Gast, who said the anti-abortion group will attempt to collect 400,000 signatures to send “initiated legislation” back to the Legislature.

The Michigan Constitution allows lawmakers to enact initiated legislation without the governor’s signature. Right to Life of Michigan has successfully used petition drives to initiate laws on multiple occasions, most recently on 2014 abortion insurance legislation opposed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican.

“We applaud our pro-life legislators for leading on this legislation,” Gast said in an email. “Tearing the arms and legs off of human beings has no place in medicine, and we’re confident most Michiganders agree it’s time to end this late-term dismemberment abortion procedure.”

A Horrendous Procedure

I want you to read a WebMD description of the second trimester.  The second trimester is from 13-28 weeks.

Week 13: Your baby is growing quickly! Eyes are moving into position, the ankles and wrists have formed, and though the head is still disproportionately big, the rest of the body is starting to catch up.

Week 14: Your baby’s ears are shifting from the neck to the sides of the head, and the neck is getting longer and the chin more prominent. Facial features and unique fingerprints are all there. Your baby is beginning to respond to outside stimuli. If your abdomen is poked, the baby will try to wriggle away.

Week 15: Your baby’s body is covered by very fine hair, called lanugo, which is usually shed by birth. Eyebrows and hair on the top of the head are beginning to grow, bones are getting harder, and the baby may even be sucking his thumb.

Week 16: You may be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat in the doctor’s office. Fine hair, lanugo, may be growing on the head. Arms and legs are moving, and the nervous system is working.

Week 17: Your baby now has doubled in weight in the last two weeks. Fat begins to form, helping your baby’s heat production and metabolism. The lungs are beginning to exhale amniotic fluid, and the circulatory and urinary systems are working. Hair on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes is filling in.

Week 18: Your baby’s rapid growth spurt is tapering off, but reflexes are kicking in. The baby can yawn, stretch, and make facial expressions, even frown. Taste buds are beginning to develop and can distinguish sweet from bitter. The baby will suck if its lips are stroked, and it can swallow and even get the hiccups. The retinas have become sensitive to light, so if a bright light is shined on your abdomen, baby will probably move to shield its eyes.

Week 19: Your baby’s skin is developing and transparent, appearing red because blood vessels are visible through it. A creamy white protective coating, called vernix, begins to develop on the baby’s skin.

Week 20: Your baby can hear sounds by now — your voice, heart, and your stomach growling, as well as sounds outside your body. The baby will cover its ears with its hands if a loud sound is made near you, and it may even become startled and “jump.” The baby is moving often, too — twisting, turning, wiggling, punching and kicking.

Do I need to continue?

Now let’s read about dilation and evacuation.

The first step in the procedure itself is dilation of the cervix. The second step is insertion of a vacuum curette through the cervix. Under ultrasound, the tip of that curette is placed up against the fetal chest or abdomen. The suction is turned on. Amniotic fluid is removed and the fetus dies instantly due to removal of the fetal heart, lungs, and abdominal contents.

This leaves the fetal cranium and skeleton with soft tissue to be removed. The thorax, pelvis, cranium, and each arm and leg are removed separately using surgical instruments. The fetal cranium will usually have to be crushed in order to be extracted. Use of ultrasound greatly facilitates this part of the procedure although it may be done safely without ultrasound guidance. In the absence of ultrasound, the tissue will be carefully inspected to insure all fetal tissue is removed.

That’s from Wikipedia. But most sources leave it at “tissue is removed” or  “the uterus is emptied.” 

What a benign way to describe literally ripping a baby apart and vacuuming it out…

This isn’t about bodily autonomy, feminism, women’s rights, or medical care.  This is the barbaric mutilation of a living human being.

Hopefully, the State of Michigan will protect the unborn. 

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