By Dave Andrusko
The momentum to pass legislation banning the abortions of babies capable of feeling pain picked up steam this week with bills passing a House committee in Oklahoma and the entire House in Kansas. (See “Pro-life Bills Pass Kansas House with Huge Margins.”)There has also been substantive preliminary movement in Minnesota.
“We are gratified that members of the House Public Health Committee approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” said Tony Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans for Life and Vice President of National Right to Life. “They recognize the humanity of unborn babies and have gotten this vitally important bill off to a great start.”
The Committee passed HB 1888 on Tuesday by a vote of 11-2.
“The days when an abortionist could dismiss an unborn child as just ‘a clump of cells’ are long gone thanks to modern medical advances,” said state Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, who authored the bill,” according to Channel 6. “This legislation takes into account the latest scientific research and provides greater safeguards for the humane treatment of unborn children who can clearly experience pain.”
Peterson added, “Current law requires more humane treatment of animals than of babies in the womb, yet there is no denying that an unborn child can feel pain and should not be subjected to it.”
“We’re picking up steam,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, NRLC Director of State Legislation. “It’s important that powerful pro-life women are ably promoting the legislation.”
Nowhere is that more true than in Minnesota, Balch said. Last November’s elections carried in a wave of pro-lifers in both houses. The equivalent of Nebraska’s historic Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is being carried by in the House by state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and in the Senate by State Sen. Gretchen Hoffman.
“These pro-life newcomers are determined to enact this legislation, even though Gov. Mark Dayton is pro-abortion,” Balch said. “Their enthusiasm and dedication makes veteran pro-lifers confident they can carry the day.”
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