Virginia Bill Addressing Fetal Pain During an Abortion Advances

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 4, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 4, 2005

Richmond, VA ( — The Virginia House of Delegates easily passed a bill on Thursday that would require abortion businesses to tell women considering a late-term abortion that it will cause significant pain for an unborn child.

The bill, sponsored by pro-life Delegate Richard Black, a Republican from Louden, allows women an opportunity to have anesthesia administered to the unborn child in abortions more than 20 weeks into the pregnancy.

Under current law, there is "nothing to relieve a child’s terror and suffering," Black told delegates.

"I hope you will have the merciful impulse to vote for this proposal," Black told the House, which is expected to give final approval to the bill today.

Members of the House rejected an amendment from pr-abortion Del. Vivian Watts, a Fairfax Democrat, that would have removed a section of the bill defining an unborn child as "a member of the species homo sapiens from fertility until birth."

The House approved the fetal pain measure last year but the bill was killed in a Senate committee. That measure required anesthesia for any unborn child 12 weeks or older.

The Virginia bill is similar to the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, currently being considered in Congress. Pro-life groups hope both bills will reduce the number of abortions.
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