by Steven Ertelt
December 6, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Before members of Congress voted on a measure to inform women of the pain their baby will feel during an abortion, the Bush administration released a memo to Congressional lawmakers saying the president backed the bill. The president agreed with pro-life groups that the measure would help reduce the number of abortions.
The Bush administration said the president "strongly supports House passage of H.R. 6099," the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.
The memo said Bush supports providing "information and options to pregnant mothers contemplating an abortion regarding the development of the unborn child and the capacity of the unborn child to feel pain."
The president backs the measure’s twofold purpose.
It would require those who perform abortions on unborn children 20 weeks or more into the pregnancy to inform the mother of medical evidence that the unborn child feels pain and
that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain.
Additionally, the bill would give the mother the opportunity to request pain-reducing drugs for the unborn child to alleviate the torture babies feel during the abortion process.
Ultimately, pro-life groups hope the measure will persuade some mothers to decide against having an abortion and provide protection for unborn children who will still become victims of abortion.
The Bush administration concluded the Statement of Administration Policy by saying medical science has "greatly improved our knowledge and understanding of fetal development in recent years, and pregnant women should be fully informed of the facts."
"This bill is an important step in that direction" it said in urging members of Congress to support it.