A new poll indicates that a strong majority of Americans support legislation to protect unborn babies from abortions after 20 weeks when scientific evidence indicates they can feel pain.
National Review reports 64 percent of voters support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, according to the poll from the Polling Company Inc./WomenTrend. Support was even stronger among women and Millennials: 67 percent of women and 78 percent of young voters said they would support the legislation.
In addition, 70 percent of blacks and 57 percent of Hispanic voters said they would support the 20-week abortion limit, Breitbart reports.
The polling group, which interviewed 824 voters on Election Day, found that just 22 percent strongly opposed the measure.
Previous polls have shown similar results. A national poll by The Polling Company in 2013 found that, after being informed that there is scientific evidence that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at least by 20 weeks, 64 percent would support a law banning abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life was in danger. Only 30 percent said they would oppose such a law.
Though abortion advocates deny the science of fetal pain, researchers have fully established fetal pain at 20 weeks or earlier. Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, is one of the leading researchers into the matter. He first published reports in the 1980s to validate research showing evidence for unborn babies’ capability of feeling pain.
He testified before U.S. Congress that an unborn child could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier” and that a baby before birth “under the right circumstances, is capable of crying.”
In March, leading neonatologist Dr. Colleen A. Malloy told a U.S. Senate committee that “anesthesiologists, and surgeons use pain medication” at the 20 week stage of pregnancy, “because it’s supported by the literature completely.”
“The standard of care for NICUs requires attention to and treatment of neonatal pain,” said Malloy, a Northwestern University School of Medicine professor. “There is no reason to believe that a born infant will feel pain any differently than that same infant if he or she were still in utero.”
“I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to a horrific procedure such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection,” Malloy added.
Further research showed that hormone levels in unborn babies decrease when pain-relievers are supplied, LifeNews previously reported.
The U.S. House passed legislation to protect unborn babies from these painful, late-term abortions, and 14 states also have passed similar legislation, according to the National Right to Life Committee. With Republicans gaining control of both U.S. Congressional houses and the White House, many pro-lifers hope to see lawmakers pass a federal ban on painful, late-term abortions.
Only seven countries in the world, including the U.S., China and North Korea, allow elective abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.