By Dave Andrusko
Unborn children who are capable of feeling pain are closer to being protected from abortion under a Louisiana bill, which was passed by the Louisiana House Friday afternoon. SB 766, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, authored by Senate President John Alario (R-Westwego) and carried on the House floor by Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-West Monroe), passed by a margin of 96-0, with nine members not voting. SB 766 must now clear a procedural Senate concurrence vote in the comings days before heading to the desk of pro-life Governor Bobby Jindal.
“Upon the signing of this bill by Governor Jindal, these unborn children will be spared from the pain of abortion and given the gift of life,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. “Based on Louisiana statistics, we believe through a conservative estimate that at least 150 lives will be saved annually from abortion.”
SB 766’s protection is based on legislative findings that substantial medical evidence demonstrates that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at least from 20 weeks from fertilization.
“Louisiana has a vested interest in protecting unborn children who can feel pain from the violence of abortion,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee . “We applaud the Louisiana House for taking this important step to protect pain-capable unborn children.”
“Modern medical science provides substantial compelling evidence that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase when they are subjected to any painful stimuli, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery,” Balch added.
Further documentation and links to the scientific studies can be found at www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.
Louisiana will be the seventh state to have enacted a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, joining Nebraska, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Georgia.
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