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Fetal Pain Bill Fails in House

Posted by thelamp on December 14, 2006

As the 109th Congress concluded last week, Bible believers endured a setback in their battle to protect the sanctity of unborn life. The U.S. House of Representatives failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for passage of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

The legislation would have required that women undergoing an abortion at least 20 weeks into their pregnancy be informed that an abortion causes pain to their unborn babies. The vote in the House was 250-162 in favor of a move to suspend the rules and pass the legislation. A two-thirds majority was needed for such a procedural move.

Sadly, the vote was the last on a pro-life measure in the 109th Congress. It should be reassuring that 60 percent of the House endorsed the requirement for abortionists to inform women that the procedure may be very painful to the unborn child. Unfortunately, 60 percent support was not enough to make disclosing this critical knowledge a matter of law. The fact that it failed does not bode well for what can be expected next year, when the Congress moves in a new direction – away from life.

“Even animals that are to be slaughtered are first rendered unconscious,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Yet that same provision is not being afforded to unborn children.”

During floor debate on the bill, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., its chief sponsor, cited expert testimony showing that unborn children have “a developed system of pain perception and response” by 20 to 22 weeks into the pregnancy.

It’s a shame that 40 percent of the men and women representing America in the House of Representatives could not put themselves in the place of those little unborn children who have no voice, no hope and no defense.


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