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March 30, 2005

Anesthesia for late-term fetus is provision of abortion bill

Topics: Health Issues

Of course they could eliminate this problem entirely by just eliminating the late-term abortions. The Minnesota Medical Association objects to this legislation  because of the felony penalties and in part because it interferes with "doctor-patient relationships." You'd think that a little thought might be given to the mother-child relationship and the child's right to live. On the positive side, at least they are recognizing that the fetus child feels pain.

- StarTribune.com
Doctors would be required to offer anesthesia to late-term fetuses before performing an abortion, under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a key House committee Wednesday.

The Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act would require doctors intending to abort a fetus at least 20 weeks old to tell the mother if anesthesia could eliminate fetal pain, and then administer the anesthesia if requested.

Physicians who didn't offer the information or anesthesia would face felony charges. And the mother or father of the fetus, as well as grandparents, could sue the doctor for punitive damages.

The bill is needed because a growing number of studies show that fetuses can feel pain, said Jackie Moen, a spokeswoman for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), which has made the bill a priority this session.

"An unborn child has less protection from pain. ... than commercial livestock," Moen told the House Health Policy and Finance Committee, which approved the bill 11-4 .

It would be the first of its kind in the nation, said Moen, although other states are looking at similar measures.

The bill would affect a small number of abortions. In 2003, 125 of 14,024 abortions in Minnesota were performed at 21 weeks or later.

Hat tip - Red State Moron

Posted by Hyscience at March 30, 2005 12:05 PM



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