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North Dakota Measure Seeks to Ban Decapitation, Skull Crushing during Abortions
LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/14/10 | Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 04/14/2010 1:20:14 PM PDT by wagglebee

MINOT, North Dakota, April 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A measure to prohibit physicians from decapitating and crushing the skulls of live unborn children during abortions is seeking clearance to begin gathering signatures for the November ballot, a North Dakota grassroots pro-life organization has announced.  

Daniel Woodard, head of North Dakota's Stop Decapitation Network, filed the paperwork to the North Dakota Secretary of State and Attorney General on Tuesday.  The group aims to collect 12,844 signatures by August 4 in order to place the measure on the 2010 ballot.

"It's unconscionable and unthinkable that any physician who claims to care for the health of others would remove the heads of children or crush them and toss them in the trash," Woodard told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview Wednesday.

Woodard said that he was inspired to pursue the ballot initiative after reading the quotes of abortion doctors who, in federal court hearings regarding the partial-birth abortion ban, testified to decapitating and crushing the skulls of unborn infants in other types of abortions. Woodard's measure would apply not only to partial-birth abortions, but also to abortions inside the mother's womb.

During a federal district court case out of New York in 2004, abortionist Dr. Stephen T. Chasen said that “the fetal head is extracted by placing the forceps around it and crushing it.” Dr. Chasen went on to say that he did not have “any caring or concern for the fetus whose head [he was] crushing.” Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, another abortionist, said, “For the vast majority of D&Es [it is] necessary either [to] crush or collapse the fetal skull.” She told the judge she does not use the word “crush” when speaking to her patients.

According to Woodard, the initiated measure would provide a class A felony penalty to physicians participating in skull-crushing or decapitation abortions. That penalty would become a class AA felony if a skull fragment from the unborn child were to cause serious bodily injury to the mother during or following a decapitation or skull crushing abortion.

When asked about this legislation, state Rep. Dan Ruby from Minot said, “I can hardly believe these crimes happen, especially when physicians can do fetal brain surgery. Any sane American knows that life-saving physicians are supposed to do no harm, most especially not crushing or removing the skulls of children who did nothing to deserve this. I wish Stop Decapitation Network every success on this inspiring endeavor.”

The Secretary of State Al Jaeger has until Thursday, April 22 to approve the measure to begin collecting signatures.

Red River Women's Clinic (RRWC) of Fargo declined to comment to LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) on the legislation because they had not yet seen the initiative. RRWC, North Dakota's lone abortuary, only provides abortion until the 15th week of pregnancy - at which point the child's head is too small to purposefully crush or decapitate.

LSN's attempt to reach Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for comment was unanswered as of press time.

Woodard said he had spoken to about ten state legislators, and had so far only found support for his anti-decapitation measure. "Even if a legislator was against it, I doubt he'd say it, it would be unpopular," he noted, adding that "even the most liberal newspapers in the state" have had fair coverage.

"It's because they have to be, because the way the bill is framed, [the media] can't really say 'these are evil anti-choicers who hate women,'" he said.

Woodard said he chose the ballot route instead of the legislature to expedite the process: the soonest that it could become law legislatively would be in the summer of 2011, "whereas if I put it on this November ballot, it becomes law right away," he said. Even should the ballot initiative fail, he said, he would "absolutely" expect to see state legislators take up the measure.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; prolife
Woodard said he had spoken to about ten state legislators, and had so far only found support for his anti-decapitation measure. "Even if a legislator was against it, I doubt he'd say it, it would be unpopular," he noted, adding that "even the most liberal newspapers in the state" have had fair coverage.

They should show graphic images EVERYWHERE of what they want to ban.

1 posted on 04/14/2010 1:20:14 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 04/14/2010 1:20:50 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 04/14/2010 1:21:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Ain’t that special


4 posted on 04/14/2010 1:27:48 PM PDT by rjones42
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Obama stood alone in the Illinois senate and spoke in support of worse.


5 posted on 04/14/2010 1:42:07 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: wagglebee
Wow, genius idea! The next initiative should seek to ban another type of barbarism aimed at younger unborn. The more you talk about what happens in an abortion, the less likely people are to support it.

I wonder why someone has not come up with this legislative tactic before.

6 posted on 04/14/2010 1:43:04 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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We have done nothing while millions of children have been murdered.

I wonder what the founding fathers would have had us do besides whine?


7 posted on 04/14/2010 1:51:42 PM PDT by stockpirate ("......When the government fears the people you have liberty." Thomas Jefferson)
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Why take all the fun out of it? /s/


8 posted on 04/14/2010 1:54:46 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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Sounds like a law that 0bama would oppose.


9 posted on 04/14/2010 1:55:54 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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(/sarcasm off)

10 posted on 04/14/2010 2:00:31 PM PDT by Slyfox
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Chip, chip, chip ...


11 posted on 04/14/2010 2:03:14 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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Some years ago, I went into the grocery store in Valdez AK to do my weekly shopping, and the local animal-rights advocate had set up her card table and posters of baby seals. As I walked past, she asked me if I would like to sign a petition to stop the slaughter of innocent baby seals. I just said, “No, thanks. I think I’ll wait for a petition to stop the slaughter of unborn baby humans.” The look on her face was worth a million words.


12 posted on 04/14/2010 2:21:19 PM PDT by redhead ("If you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." --Ronald W. Reagan)
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And thank you very much for taking that stand, very well said.


13 posted on 04/14/2010 2:38:15 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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I would love to have seen her face.


14 posted on 04/14/2010 3:49:22 PM PDT by Slyfox
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We are winning with these special measure passing in multiple states!

Keep praying!


15 posted on 04/14/2010 4:34:38 PM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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16 posted on 04/14/2010 5:33:20 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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Hard to believe it is legal in the first place. Is this really America?


17 posted on 04/14/2010 6:21:37 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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Why not gather signatures for Personhood?
It is always the right time to do the right thing!
Personhood now!


18 posted on 04/14/2010 7:13:29 PM PDT by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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It says a lot about how far we’ve sunk as a God-fearing nation that we would need to pass a law banning the decapitation of babies waiting to be born.

The barbarians of old were not even this savage.


19 posted on 04/14/2010 7:20:53 PM PDT by Deo volente (Hope and Change, aka All Government, All the Time)
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Thank God for pro life people and organizations!!


20 posted on 04/14/2010 9:26:37 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, another abortionist, said, “For the vast majority of D&Es [it is] necessary either [to] crush or collapse the fetal skull.” She told the judge she does not use the word “crush” when speaking to her patients.

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21 posted on 04/15/2010 5:55:44 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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Awesome! This is what conservatives need to do in every instance of noxious laws imposed by the liberal judiciaries — make lawsuits and propose legislation that gets down and dirty with the details.


22 posted on 04/15/2010 10:33:35 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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It’s time to stop treating leftists like human beings. Anyone who can do this to a fully developed infant is NOT a human being.

Every pro-choice leftist should be executed on sight.


23 posted on 04/16/2010 4:00:06 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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24 posted on 04/18/2010 10:47:51 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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