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What is done to preborn humans during a procedure that the New York Times described yesterday as a "common form of second-trimester abortion"?

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On 8/18/21, the New York Times published an article titled, "Texas Can Ban Common Form of Second-Trimester Abortion, Appeals Court Rules." As detailed in the ruling, the law prohibits abortions "in which a person, with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, dismembers the living unborn child." The vast bulk of such abortions are elective (not for medical reasons) and are performed after 16 weeks gestation when pre-birth humans exhibit conscious "motor planning" and "social behavior" (per the scientific journal PLoS ONE). The procedure used for dismemberment abortions is illegal for slaughtering livestock because federal humane law requires that all livestock be killed in a manner that renders them immediately unconscious.

DocumentationAppeals Court RulingPLoS ONE PaperDismemberment Abortion FactsNY Times Article

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