Arkansas Senate passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, as does North Dakota Senate

By Dave Andrusko

Arkansas State Rep. Andy Mayberry

Arkansas State Rep. Andy Mayberry

Now that the Arkansas Senate has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, once the differences between its version and the House’s version are ironed out, the measure will be on its way to the desk of Gov. Mike Beebe. The Senate’s overwhelming 25-7 vote Monday followed a 75-20 vote in the House earlier this month.

Before lawmakers voted in the House, State Rep. Andy Mayberry said, “If our constituents cannot trust us, their elected representatives, to defend the most basic and essential of human rights, that of life, how can they possibly trust us to have the wisdom and discernment to make appropriate decisions regarding all of the other daily issues that face us?”

The law is already on the books in seven states– Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Meanwhile the North Dakota Senate passed its version— Senate bill 2368—which protects from abortion unborn children capable of feeling pain, defined as 20 weeks after fertilization. SB2368 passed by a 30-17 vote.  The measure now moves to the House.

State Sen. Spencer Berry, a physician from Fargo, was the sponsor of the bill. Referring to the unborn’s capacity to feel pain, Berry said, “There is a preponderance of evidence, in fact, that this may be earlier than 20 weeks.”

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a major legislative initiative for NRLC’s state affiliates.

Mary Spaulding Balch, JD., is NRLC’s Director of State Legislation and architect of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. These laws, she said, are moving the needle.

“You notice opponents rely on old studies (which were disproved anyway) to insist that babies 20 weeks fetal age don’t feel pain,” she said. “And when that doesn’t work, they switch gears and say these babies account for only a ‘tiny percentage’ of abortions.”

There is a reason pro-abortionists so fear a discussion of these abortions: “You have to be pretty cold to discount what a pain-capable unborn baby feels when her arms and legs are yanked off and her skull crushed,” Balch told NRL News Today.

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