Recently Passed Bills Protecting the Unborn that Feel Pain
The House Judiciary Committee has approved the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which makes abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancies illegal, unless it prevents the mother’s death. The bill was introduced by an Arizona Republican, Trent Franks, and is supported by 215 House cosponsors. The committee voted 18-14 for the bill that protects unborn babies from abortions after pain can be felt.
Nine other states have signed similar recently passed bills into existence with Louisiana and Georgia being the most recent states. The others are Nebraska, Indiana, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alabama. The District of Columbia has had unlimited abortions for any reason until a child’s birth.
New Research Revealing that Unborn Babies Can Feel Pain
Earlier this year a committee hearing revealed scientific research demonstrating that by 20 weeks and in some cases earlier, an unborn baby can experience agonizing pain in a “D&E” abortion, a procedure in which dismembers the unborn baby.
Dr. Steven Zielinski, one of the leading researchers from Oregon and an internal medicine physician, published reports in the 1980s about the concept of fetal pain. Zielinski and his team states, “Functioning neurological structures necessary for pain sensation are in place as early as 8 weeks, but certainly by 13 1/2 weeks of gestation. Sensory nerves, including nociceptors, reach the skin of the fetus before the 9th week of gestation. The first detectable brain activity occurs in the thalamus between the 8th and 10th weeks. The movement of electrical impulses through the neural fibers and spinal column takes place between 8 and 9 weeks gestation. By 13 1/2 weeks, the entire sensory nervous system functions as a whole in all parts of the body.”
Furthermore, Steven Calvin, M.D., chair of the Program in Human Rights Medicine at University of Minnesota adds “The neural pathways are present for pain to be experienced quite early by unborn babies.” In addition, pain felt by unborn babies is felt more acutely because of a lack of pain “dampeners” that do not develop fully until 40 weeks gestation. Such research has helped the cause in the recently passed bills against late-term abortions.
Support for Recently Passed Bills against Abortions
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) this week released the results of the Polling Company Inc./WomenTrend. The poll asked the following questions to 1,010 adult participants.
Currently, within the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, there is no abortion law at all. This means that abortion is legal there, for any reason, right up until the moment of birth. This summer, Congress is considering a bill that would not allow abortion in the District of Columbia after 22 weeks of pregnancy – which means after the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy – unless the mother’s life is in danger. Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who favors this bill? And would you be (ROTATED) more or less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who votes in favor of this bill? (Probed: And would that be MUCH or SOMEWHAT MORE/LESS LIKELY?)
Unless an abortion is necessary to save a mother’s life, do you think abortion should be permitted after the point where substantial medical evidence says that the unborn child can feel pain?
According to the poll, 63 percent support a bill similar to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and 58 percent are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who voted for such a bill.
Opposition to Recently Passed Bills against Abortion
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is similar to the first of its kind from Nebraska. The Nebraska bill forced LeRoy Carhart, who is a late-term abortion practitioner, to transfer his abortion clinics to Maryland. National Abortion Federation and NARAL are unwilling to support the mildest limits on abortion and are urging their supporters to contact Congress to oppose such recently passed bills against abortion.
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