Monday, December 06, 2010

Nebraska Fetal Pain Law Hailed as Successful

Research clearly substantiates the concept of fetal pain in the 2nd trimester. This is the motivation behind Nebraska's new Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prevents abortions after 20 weeks from fertilization, when substantial medical evidence indicates unborn children feel pain.

The genius behind the legislation was the thinking that it would be challenged in court and the pro-life movement could win a favorable decision from the high court on the heels of the ruling upholding the national partial-birth abortion ban.

This quote is from Mary Balch, Nebraska's legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee.But, with the news that the late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart is possibly relocating to another state and him saying the fetal pain bill is responsible, Balch says the further genius of the bill is seen.

“This announcement illustrates the importance of having states pass protective laws such as the one passed in Nebraska,” Balch told “Now is the time for Right to Lifers to capitalize on the dramatic pro-life gains in state legislative and gubernatorial elections last week and to make it illegal to kill unborn children who are capable of feeling pain.”

For more, see Steven Ertelt's article at LifeNews.

“At twenty weeks into pregnancy, unborn children have pain receptors throughout their bodies connected by nerves to the brain’s thalamus, they recoil from painful stimuli, their stress hormones shoot up, and they are routinely anesthetized when undergoing fetal surgery. While we expect substantial resistance from abortion advocates, we believe most Americans agree in rejecting abortions that cause excruciating pain, and look forward to protective laws being given serious consideration in a significant number of states.”

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