The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a 2017 Texas law which prohibits “dismemberment abortions” of live preborn children in the second trimester.
The statute SB8, which has not yet been enforced, bans so-called “dilation and evacuation” (D&E) abortions on live, second-trimester infants.
In the absence of the pro-life law, D&E abortions can be performed on living unborn children, a process that involves removing infants from the womb piece by piece using forceps, killing them in the process. SB8 restricts abortionists to only performing D&E abortions after a child in the womb is confirmed to be already dead.
The court’s decision to uphold the SB8 comes after a subcommittee of the same court blocked the law’s enforcement last year, a move that dismayed pro-life commentators. Texas, however, petitioned the full court to hear the case again, which led to this week’s decision.