Pain of the Unborn


Some of the Methods Used

To see medical illustrations of a "dilation and evacuation" (D&E) abortion, a method often used during the second trimester, click here.

 

To view video of the graphic 2012 congressional testimony of former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, demonstrating how this type of abortion is performed, click here. To read Dr. Levatino's printed testimony, click here [PDF].

 

To see medically accurate illustrations of the partial-birth abortion method, usually used during the fifth and sixth months (and sometimes later), click here.

Factsheet: Key Points on the Federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act -- May 22, 2014

States That Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children [PDF] - May 12, 2014

Fetal Pain: The Evidence. (A factsheet from doctorsonfetalpain.org)

Factsheet: Pain of the Unborn: What Does an Unborn Child Feel During Abortion?

NRL News: NRLC and allies press for Senate action on key pro-life bill, but Senate Democrats block votes -- May 13, 2014

 

NRLC President Carol Tobias: Statement at Sen. Lindsey Graham press conference -- May 13, 2014

 

Release: New Poll Shows South Carolina Voters Overwhelmingly Support Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children - April 29, 2014

 

NRL News: Supreme Court Inaction Doesn't Deter Sen. Lindsey Graham's Efforts to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate - January 18, 2014

 

Release: Supreme Court Inaction Does Not Affect NRLC Model Laws Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children - January 13, 2014

 

Washington Times: Op-Ed: Protecting the unborn from pain - November 8, 2013

 

Release: National Right to Life: Senate should vote on protecting 20-week unborn - November 7, 2013

 

Statement of NRLC President Carol Tobias - November 7, 2013

 

Nationwide Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children to Be Introduced in Senate - November 1, 2013

 

NRLC letter to U.S. Senate urging cosponsorship of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF] - October 31, 2013

 

Texas Law Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children Goes Into Effect - October 29, 2013

National Right to Life Praises Passage of Texas Bill to Protect Mothers and Their Unborn Children - July 13, 2013

NRLC-Backed Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children in Sixth Month and Later Passes U.S. House of Representatives, 228-196 - June 18, 2013

Obama White House Issues Veto Threat on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Bill! [PDF] - June 17, 2013

Revised version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), to be considered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives [PDF] - June 14, 2013

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Provide Nationwide Protection for Pain-Capable Unborn Children - June 12, 2013

Release: House Judiciary Committee Takes Up Bill to Provide Nationwide Protection for Pain-Capable Unborn Children - June 11, 2013

 

NRLC letter to U.S. House urging cosponsorship of H.R. 1797 - June 5, 2013
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Media Advisory: House Judiciary Subcommittee approves nationwide protection for pain-capable children - June 4, 2013

 

Testimony and video from hearing on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice - May 23, 2013

 

National Right to Life Applauds Rep. Franks' Plan to Pursue National Protection for Pain-Capable Unborn Children - May 17, 2013

 

Gosnell convicted of murder, but babies suffer just as much in late abortions nationwide - May 13, 2013

 

New Polling Shows Strong Support for Prohibiting Abortion on Pain-Capable Unborn Children - April 22, 2013

 

Way to Supreme Court Opened by Lower COurt Decision on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - March 7, 2013

 

154 House members vote for abortion-until-birth in the nation's capital - July 31, 2012

 

NRLC scorecard letter to U.S. House on D.C. abortion-until-birth policy  - July 31, 2012

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Federal Judge Upholds Pain-Based Abortion Curb in Arizona as U.S. House Votes Tuesday on D.C. Abortion-Until-Birth Policy - July 30, 2012

 

Order of U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg upholding Arizona law limiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on capacity of unborn children to feel pain [PDF] - July 30 ,2012

 

Media Advisory: House to Conduct Landmark Vote on D.C. Late Abortion Ban! - July 27, 2012

 

H.R. 3803, as approved by the House Judiciary Committee, on which the full U.S. House will vote on July 31, 2012 [PDF]

 

Release: U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to end D.C.'s abortion-until-birth policy, approves 20-week ban - July 18, 2012

 

Release: New poll shows strong support for Congress ending DC's abortion-until-birth policy - July 17, 2012

Download report from The Polling Company, Inc/Woman Trend [PDF]

 

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.): "The Revelation of Legal Abortion Until Birth, For Any Reason, in Our Nation's Capitol - House to Respond?" [PDF] - June 28, 2012

 

Associated Press: Abortion legal "for any reason" in the District of Columbia, both before and after "viability" - May 23, 2012

 

NRLC Congressional Update on May 17, 2012 House subcommittee hearing on the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - May 17, 2012 (with links to video of testimony)

Testimony of Colleen Malloy, M.D., neonatologist and professor of pediatrics, Northwestern University, in support of the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF]

Testimony of Anthony Levatino, M.D., J.D., obstetrician-gynecologist, former abortion provider, in support of the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF]

Testimony of Byron Calhoun, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, West Virginia University-Charleston, in support of the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF]

Testimony of Christy Zink, private witness, in opposition to the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF]

Media Advisory: U.S. House panel to examine policy of legal abortion until birth in nation's capital - May 17, 2012

 

Updated NRLC letter to U.S. House members urging cosponsorship of H.R. 3803 [PDF] - May 14, 2012

 

Release: Georgia Governor Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law - May 1, 2012

 

Pro-abortion leaders alarmed by the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - February 22, 2012

 

NRLC letter urges U.S. Senators to support S. 2103, the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF] - January 19, 2012

 

Statement by NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF] - January 23, 2012

 

Text of H.R. 3803 - The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [PDF] - January 23, 2012

 

NRLC letter to U.S. House urging cosponsorship of H.R. 3803 [PDF] - January 19, 2012

 

Release: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Becomes Law in Alabama - June 16, 2011

 

Release: Oklahoma becomes 4th state to protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Abortion - April 14, 2011

 

Release: Idaho Becomes Third State to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children - April 14, 2011

 

Release: Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - April 12, 2011

 

KEY DOCUMENT

Release & Analysis: Carhart Move Demonstrates Need for Protective Legislation - November 18, 2010

 

Release: Landmark Law Passes in Nebraska - April 13, 2010

 

NRLC Rebuttal to Advocacy Paper Published in JAMA on the Pain of Unborn Humans - August 25, 2005

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Report of Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, expert on fetal pain, to U.S. federal court reviewing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act [PDF] - January 15, 2004

 

"Partial-Birth Abortion on Trial" [PDF] by Cathy Cleaver Ruse - Spring 2005

This article, which appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Human Life Review, contains extensive excerpts from sworn testimony by abortionists, and medical experts, regarding late abortion methods and they pain that they cause to unborn children.

 

Memo from NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson to science and medicine editors/reporters on "medical pseudo-science that endangers women and their babies" (the anesthesia-kills-babies myth) [PDF] - January 2, 1996

 

Pain of the Unborn Archives - Materials Prior to 2010

 

National Right to Life Statement on U.S. House Vote on Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act - December 6, 2006

 

Statement of Administration Policy on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 6099) [PDF] - December 6, 2006

 

NRLC letter to U.S. house members regarding upcoming vote on Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 6099) - November 27, 2006

 

Revised version of Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 6099) [PDF] - September 19, 2006

 

Philadelphia Inquirer: "Fetal Pain Study Omits an Abortion-Rights Link" - August 24, 2005

 

NARAL Statement on Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act - January, 2005

 

NRLC cites federal court findings to urge cosponsorship of Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act - September 1, 2004

 

Statement by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) on introduction of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (S. 2466) - May 20, 2004

 

Statement by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on introduction of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 4420) - May 20, 2004

 

Members of Congress Propagate the "Anesthesia Myth" (NRLC Quotesheet, early 1996)

 

"Leading doc tells Congress pro-choicers "misinformed," New York Post [PDF] - March 22, 1996

 

Statement of Norig Ellison, M.D., president, American Society of Anesthesiologists [PDF] - March 21, 1996

 

Statement of David J. Birnbach, M.D., president-elect of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology [PDF] - March 21, 1996

 

Statement of Jean A. Wright, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesia, Emory University School of Medicine, on the capacity of unborn children to feel pain during a partial-birth abortion [PDF] - March 21, 1996

 

Statement of David H. Chestnut, M.D., professor of anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, on the effects of anesthesia on an unborn child [PDF] - March 21, 1996

 

Documents preparatory to March 21, 1996 hearing in House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee on "Fetal Death or Dangerous Deception? The Effects of Anesthesia During a Partial-Birth Abortion." [PDF] - March 1996

Letter from subcommittee chairman Charles Canady (R-Fla.) about lack of medical experts willing to defend claims of pro-aboriton groups; letter from NARAL President Kate Michelman declining to testify; witness list of the hearing.

 

Anesthesiologists Question Claims in Abortion Debate, American Medical News [PDF] - January 1, 1996

 

Revealing exchange between Norig Ellison, M.D., president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and Mary Campbell, M.D., medical director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, regarding whether anesthesia causes fetal death [PDF] - November 17, 1995

 

Testimony of Norig Ellison, M.D., president, American Society of Anesthesiologists , before the Senate Judiciary Committee [PDF] - November 17, 1995

 

Partial-birth abortionist Dr. Martin Haskell addresses the fetal pain issue in 1993 interview with Cincinnati Medicine ("It's a lot like pets") [PDF]