Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked Texas Senate Bill 8 one day before it would have gone into effect.
Signed into law earlier this summer, the legislation prohibits dismemberment abortions, a method typically used in the second trimester to kill nearly fully-formed, living unborn babies. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn baby is ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces while his or her heart is still beating.
Lee Yeakel is a liberal judge who has ruled against other abortion regulations in the past, so the move was not wholly unexpected. State Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to appeal.
The Mary Sue, a pro-abortion feminist blog, celebrated the ruling Wednesday by hailing the judge as a “hero” and laughing off claims that pro-life advocates want to protect unborn babies’ lives.
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