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In the U.S., does federal law prohibit dismemberment abortions on living preborn humans after they make coordinated movements of their arms and legs?

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According to the medical textbook Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects, "Limb movements, which occur at the end of the embryonic period (8 weeks), become coordinated by the 14th week." Currently, there are no federal laws against dismemberment abortions at any stage of development. The Supreme Court has struck down many state laws that prohibit abortion before humans become viable outside the womb, which can be as early as 21 weeks after fertilization. Per the Washington Post, in a dismemberment abortion, "fetal limbs are pulled off the body in utero, sometimes while the fetus is still alive."

DocumentationScience of Human DevelopmentSupreme Court & AbortionLate-Term Abortions



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