Indiana Abortion Bills on Fetal Development, Safety Regs Clear Committee

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 27, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 27, 2006

Indianapolis, IN ( — An Indiana state House committee has approved abortions bills that would tell women considering an abortion in the Hoosier state that life begins at conception and that an unborn child may feel severe pain during a later-term abortion.

Another measure would put in place more safety regulations on abortion centers.

Planned Parenthood strenuously opposes the bill to protect women’s safety because it claims the regulations would require such extensive renovation to their abortion facilities that they would be forced to close.

The bills now move to the state House floor and the abortion business promised to fight them in the legislature and file lawsuits if they are signed into law.

The fetal pain measure requires abortion practitioners to tell women considering an abortion at any point in pregnancy that her unborn child may feel pain during the abortion procedure.

Representatives of Indiana Right to Life told lawmakers that an unborn child could feel pain as early as seven weeks into pregnancy and pointed out that medical experts say pain is definitely present at 20 weeks into pregnancy.

Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand of the University of Arkansas Medical Center says he and other specialists in development of unborn children have shown that babies feel pain before birth as early as 20 weeks into the pregnancy.

Anand said other medical studies conclude that unborn babies are "very likely" to be "extremely sensitive to pain during the gestation of 20 to 30 weeks."

The measure would also require abortion practitioners to tell women that they can obtain anesthesia for the baby during the abortion. The goal of the bill is to lessen fetal pain and to encourage women to seek abortion alternatives.

An April 2004 Zogby poll shows that 77% of Americans back "laws requiring that women who are 20 weeks or more along in their pregnancy be given information about fetal pain before having an abortion."

Only 16 percent disagreed with such a proposal, according to the poll, commissioned by the National Right to Life Committee.

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