UNBORN CHILD PAIN AWARENESS ACT -- (House of Representatives - December 05, 2006)
Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, tomorrow the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 6099, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act. If passed, this bill would ensure that women are informed of the pain experienced by their unborn child at 20 weeks after fertilization.
The bill also gives expecting mothers an opportunity to request pain medicine for their baby. Medical evidence asserts that an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks, if not earlier.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1.4 percent of the abortions in the U.S. are performed at or after 20 weeks following fertilization. This means that nearly 20,000 women are not given complete information regarding the excruciating pain experienced by their unborn child.
Mr. Speaker, it is our responsibility as legislators and more importantly, as human beings to empower women, their husbands or partners with all the facts, and not merely a sugar-coated version of the truth.
Therefore, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support women's right for information and vote ``yes'' on H.R. 6099.