BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana
Attorney General Jeff Landry is leading a 25-state
coalition supporting a Texas law banning dismemberment abortions
– abortions that use forceps to tear the babies apart limb-by-limb while
they are still alive, causing the unborn children to bleed to death in their
In an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, General Landry and his broad coalition argue that States may pass legislation that shows the State’s profound respect for the life of an unborn child at all stages of gestation and that prevents the devaluation and coarsening of respect for human life. The Landry brief argues that the dismemberment process is an inhumane form of abortion.
“While courts have protected a woman’s choice to have an abortion, the law has not and does not protect a particular method of abortion. The live dismemberment of a baby while its heart still beats is a gruesome and unacceptable abortion process,” said General Landry. “We do not permit animals or criminals to be treated this way; and no civilized society should be permitted to treat babies this way.”
The Landry-led coalition includes the Attorneys General from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin; and the Governors from Kentucky, Maine, and Mississippi.
Earlier this year, General Landry led a 24-state coalition in another amicus brief supporting a dismemberment abortion ban passed by the Alabama Legislature in 2016. Alabama’s law is currently on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
“Life is precious and it must be respected,” said General Landry. “I will continue to do all that I can to protect life – inside or outside of the womb and at every stage of gestation.”
The Texas law (SB 8) was enjoined after a trial in November 2017, and Texas appealed.
Landry’s Solicitor General Liz Murrill is currently defending Act 264 of the 2016 Louisiana Legislature, as well as six other abortion regulations passed during that same session, in a case before Judge Brian Jackson in the Middle District of Louisiana.