Sunday, March 27, 2011

'Late-Term' Abortion Redefined: Fetal Pain

Pro-life state legislatures across America, including Kansas, are passing new laws to protect unborn babies of more than 20 or 21 weeks gestation from a painful death by an abortionist.
"It's kind of amazing to me that there can be an uproar if any pain was inflicted on a cat but to inflict almost unbearable pain on a child, well that's okay."
Read companion articles: Pro-life Legislation Floods America and Virginia Abortion Clinics Likely to Close

UPDATE 9/1/11: Woman challenges Idaho fetal pain law

UPDATE 7/15/11: Missouri Dem. Gov. Restricts Abortion after 20 Weeks

UPDATE 6/10/11: Alabama Restricts Abortion on Fetal Pain

UPDATE 4/21/11: Oklahoma "fetal pain" law enacted

UPDATE 4/12/11: Kansas governor makes parental consent and "fetal pain" restrictions law

UPDATE 4/6/11: Idaho passes "fetal pain" abortion restriction bill

UPDATE 4/2/11: Abortion Fetal Pain Bill Passes Iowa House

-- From "States Looking to Change Definition of Late-Term Abortion" by Judson Berger, 3/25/11

The bills were modeled after legislation passed last year in Nebraska premised on research suggesting a fetus is able to feel pain after 20 weeks. Similar proposals are percolating in at least nine other states, according to one organization's estimate.

In Kansas, the Senate-passed bill stands a much better chance of becoming law than in prior years, when Democrats Mark Parkinson and before that Kathleen Sebelius -- now President Obama's health secretary -- were in the governor's office. Newly seated Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign it.

Should they pass, the bills would considerably limit the window -- by a month or more -- in which some women are able to seek an abortion. The proposals would, unlike most existing restrictions, prohibit abortions well within the second trimester.

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From "[Kansas] Senate moves abortion regulation bill" by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal 3/23/11

In January, [Kansas] Republican Gov. Sam Brownback called upon lawmakers to aggressively advance legislation based on the belief "all life is sacred."

Laborious debate driven by opponents of a multifaceted abortion regulation bill Wednesday failed to inhibit passage of a new parental consent mandate for minors, greater clinic reporting on abortions and expanded opportunity to file lawsuits against physicians.

Under the bill, a female under age 18 would need notarized consent from both parents or guardians to obtain an abortion. Current law requires minors to notify a parent.

The bill would allow a woman, her husband or the parents of a minor to bring a civil lawsuit against a physician performing an abortion in violation of Kansas law.

A woman seeking an abortion would have to be told her fetus was a "whole, separate, unique, living human being."

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From "Legislators in three states pass new restrictions on abortion" posted at Reuters 3/23/11

State lawmakers in Arizona, Kansas and Idaho moved on Wednesday to place new restrictions on abortion, as opponents of the procedure looked to seize on gains by conservatives in the November mid-term elections.

. . . the Idaho Senate approved legislation placing similar restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, sending its bill to the state House of Representatives, where passage is expected.

A National Right to Life Committee representative predicted the legislation will find favor with Idaho's Republican governor.

Seventeen states in all are considering bills that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, unless it could be proved the pregnancy endangered the woman's life. Supporters cite research suggesting a fetus can feel pain at that stage of development.

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Also read, Media See Pro-lifers Gaining on Abortionists, as well as Abortion Prayer Vigil Nationwide: 40 Days for Life