Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
By Dave Andrusko
Oklahoma moved one important step closer to becoming the
second state to enact a law that would ban abortions of
babies 20 weeks or older, based on strong scientific
evidence that these children can feel pain.
House Bill 1888,
the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed by
a vote of 94-2 -- a “mandate,” in the words of National
Right to Life Committee Director of State Legislation
Mary Spaulding Balch. The bill now goes to the state
Senate. The bill is modeled after Nebraska’s historic
“Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
Oklahoma has a compelling state interest in protecting
the lives of unborn babies who are capable of feeling
pain, and we think the U.S. Supreme Court will agree,”
said Oklahomans For Life Chairman Tony Lauinger.
Kansas in having passed such a measure this session in
at least one House. On February 24, Kansas’’ House of
Representative passed HB 2218, the Pain-Capable Unborn
Child Protection Act, 91-30.
“People on both
sides of the abortion debate should agree that
gratuitous suffering of an unborn child is really
incompatible with a decent and humane society,” Rep. Pam
Peterson (R-Tulsa), the bill's author, said in an
interview with oknews.com. “That's what this bill does;
it shows the humanness of that unborn child.”
Under the bill,
abortionists would be required to determine the baby’s
age before proceeding with an abortion.
Balch said that
just before the bill was brought up for consideration,
Rep. Peterson made available to each of the legislators
an ultrasound of a 20-week unborn baby that they could
watch on their computers. “It brought home the reality
of the living unborn child in a clear and unambiguous
way, Balch said.
Eight other states
have comparable bills. In addition to Oklahoma and
Kansas, there is Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,
Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon. Georgia was
holding hearings yesterday and today.
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